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Scots unemployment rate falls as UK's hits 30-year low

Jobless rate falls to 3.8% with 1000 fewer Scots out of work from May to July.

Unemployment: Total in Scotland drops to 106,000.
Unemployment: Total in Scotland drops to 106,000. © STV

The number of Scots out of work has fallen while the UK's overall unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in 30 years.

Between May and July the number of people unemployed in Scotland dropped by 1000, bringing the total to 106,000, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

This puts the country's jobless rate at 3.8%, a fall of 0.1% on the figures from the previous rolling three-monthly period of April to June.

The figure is also down from 4.7% in the same period in 2016.

Scotland's unemployment rate is lower than that of England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively, and the UK's as a whole, which is now 4.3% after also seeing a fall of 0.1%.

However, this marks the UK's lowest jobless rate since 1975, with 175,000 fewer people out of work across Britain from this time last year.

'Employment has never been higher and unemployment has never been lower.'
Scottish employability minister Jamie Hepburn

The Scottish Government highlighted that the employment rate reached a record high of 75.8% between May and July - a rise of 44,000 on May to July 2016 and the highest rate of any UK nation.

Employability minister Jamie Hepburn said: "These are the latest encouraging figures for Scotland's economy and labour market - employment has never been higher and unemployment has never been lower.

"There are now 109,000 more people in employment compared to the pre-recession peak and Scotland now has the highest employment rate in the UK.

"Our unemployment rate remains a success story, showing that the labour market remains resilient and robust."

Hepburn added: "With the most recent GDP figures showing the Scottish economy grew nearly four times that of the UK in the first quarter of this year, today's labour market figures are further proof that the fundamentals of Scotland's economy remain strong, despite the challenges posed by Brexit."

Scottish secretary David Mundell commented: "It is very encouraging that Scotland's employment has reached a record high and that unemployment remains at a historic low.

"More people in work means more money in people's pockets and that's good news.

"However, we cannot afford to be complacent. With Scotland's overall economic performance continuing to lag behind that of the UK, it is imperative that our two governments work together."

He added: "I also urge the Scottish Government to use their extensive powers to boost Scotland's prosperity."

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