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Unemployment rises in Scotland as UK figure falls

Between June and August the number of out of work Scots rose to 113,000.

Unemployment: Rate rises slightly to 4.1% in Scotland.
Unemployment: Rate rises slightly to 4.1% in Scotland. PA

The number of Scots out of work has risen by 7000 while the figure in the UK overall fell by 20,000.

Between June and August the number of people unemployed in Scotland rose from 106,000 to 113,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

This puts the country's jobless rate at 4.1%, a rise of 0.3% on the figures from the previous rolling three-monthly period of May to July.

It is a drop from the 4.7% recorded between June and August last year.

The total number of Scots in employment is 2,655,000, putting the national rate at 75.3%, with 40,000 more people in work than in the same period last year.

The UK as a whole has a jobless rate of 4.3%, with 1.44 million people out of work - a slight fall from 1.46 million in May to July.

Scotland's unemployment rate is still better than the UK average, as well as England's (4.3%) and Northern Ireland's (4.7%).

Wales is now the best performing part of the UK, with 4% out of work.

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Scottish minister for employability and training Jamie Hepburn said: "These latest employment figures are encouraging and are among the highest on record with 2,655,000 people in work in Scotland.

"Scotland has higher employment rates and lower unemployment rates than the UK with 91,000 more people in employment compared to the pre-recession peak.

"Youth unemployment rates continue to outperform the UK. This comes on top of us fulfilling our commitment to reduce youth unemployment by 40%, four years ahead of schedule."

He added: "While these figures are positive we recognise there are still many barriers to getting people into work and are continuing to work to improve labour market conditions.

"We are expanding the range of opportunities available to young people through our Apprenticeship programme and recently announced £96m of investment to deliver fairer employment support services through the new Fair Start Scotland programme

"Today's figures show the Scottish economy continues to perform well against a difficult backdrop with the lack of clarity from the UK Government on Brexit and proposals to leave the world's biggest single market posing the single biggest threat to our economy."

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