As new figures from the ONS show Scottish unemployment at a record low, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack says the UK Government is continuing to help create and support jobs through investment in communities.

Figures from the ONS show unemployment at 3.2 per cent in Scotland, down 1.1 percentage points since the same time last year. Scotland’s employment rate is at 75.4 per cent, an increase of 1.2 percentage points over the last year.

Estimated wage growth in Scotland is 5.3%, compared with 6.6% for the UK.

Scottish Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said the economy was showing “resilience.”

The ONS data reveals there were almost 90,000 people seeking work between April and July in Scotland, with the country’s unemployment rate lower than the 3.8% for the UK as a whole.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

Today’s labour market figures show positive signs for Scotland. Unemployment has fallen over the last year to a historic low and there are more people on the payroll.

The best way to continue growing our economy in the long-term is to get even more people into well-paid, highly-skilled jobs as we know that people are better off in work than on benefits. However, we also know people are worried right now about the rising cost of living and that’s why we’re providing the most vulnerable households with an extra £1200 of direct support through our £37 billion package of support, while continuing to help all households with their bills.

Alongside this, the UK Government continues to drive forward investment in communities to create and support jobs, helping level up opportunity from our biggest towns and cities to our most remote villages.

Employment Minister Richard Lochhead added:

“The Scottish economy and labour market are continuing to show resilience, although the employment rate has decreased slightly over the quarter, the unemployment rate was a joint record low in the Scottish series.

“Additionally, the employment rate for women in Scotland was the highest since the labour force survey estimates were first published in 1992.

“This is despite the serious challenges Scotland is facing as we recover from the pandemic, with the cost-of-living crisis, the continued impact of Brexit and the economic consequences of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine all impacting on the economy.”

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