Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, Keith Brown, has welcomed the announcement from The Office for National Statistics that Scotland’s jobless rate fell to 3.8% in the period March to May, having stood at 4.5% in the previous quarter.

Today’s jobs figures puts Scotland’s unemployment rate substantially lower than the UK average which currently stands at 4.5%.

Keith Brown MSP said “With employment increasing and unemployment deceasing, the Scottish labour market clearly remains resilient and robust. On top of these encouraging employment figures, last week also saw the release of Scotland’s GDP stats which shows Scotland’s growth rate over the last quarter to be four times that of the UK, this is further evidence of the strength of the Scottish economy.

“The Scottish Government is committed to building on these promising figures and we recognise that work still needs to be done to keep the Scottish economy on this strong footing. This will involve supporting employment through its biggest threat which is the effects of a hard Brexit which could cost our economy up to £11 billion a year from 2030, and 80,000 jobs over a decade.

“That is why the Scottish Government and my SNP colleagues down in Westminster will continue to call on the UK Government to give Scotland a seat on the Brexit negotiation table so we can protect Scotland’s interests


The Office for National Statistics released employment figures for the period March to May

  • unemployment fell by 19,000 to 104,000
  • number of people in work increased by 25,000
  • Scotland’s unemployment fell by 0.7% from 4.5% to 3.8%
  • The UK’s unemployment fell by 0.2% from 4.7% to 4.5%
  • Scotland’s employment rate increased to 74.1%
  • Scotland’s economically inactivity rate fell to 22.9%
  • Youth unemployment rate decreased to 8.4%
  • Youth employment rate increased to 57.7%