Scotland job figures break from UK trend

17-11-2006

Scotland job figures break from UK trend
UK employment may be slowing, but Scottish industry is still growing strong.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there are more people at work in Scotland today than any other day since 1992.

The current figures say that Scottish industry is at 75.2 per cent employment and created 22,000 new jobs last quarter to reach a high last seen before the early 90s recession.

Unemployment is still falling in Scotland while the rest of the UK is hovering steady and consolidating.

"The new record high for employment is particularly pleasing and is an affirmative endorsement of the economic and labour market policies embraced by this government," said secretary of state for Scotland, Douglas Alexander.

Those seeking jobseeker's allowance is also way down in Scotland, falling to the lowest rate ever at 3.3 per cent.

UK figures as a whole are slightly more troubling, and the rise of unemployed for the quarter was up 263,000 to 1.7 million souls.


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