UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN IN FIFE AS SCOTTISH LEVEL FALLS TO RECORD LOW

Publised date : 19 Feb 2019

Jenny Gilruth MSP has welcomed new figures showing unemployment has fallen in Fife  – as unemployment across Scotland falls to the lowest rate ever recorded.

 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland’s employment rate for October to December 2018 fell to 3.5%, a record low and lower than the UK rate of 4%.

 

ONS analysis estimates that the unemployment rate in Fife  was 4.2%  for Oct 2017-Sep 2018, a fall of 0.1% year on year.

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“These are encouraging figures that show unemployment falling in Fife – as the latest figures show record low unemployment across Scotland.

 

“Despite the huge and continued challenges of Brexit, the Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen.

 

“But Brexit continues to be an enormous threat to jobs in Fife and across Scotland – and local employers will be concerned at the complete lack of clarity this close to leaving the EU.

 

“The Scottish Government are offering stability and certainty through our budget which supports jobs and businesses.

 

“The UK government must do the same by ruling out a ‘no deal’ Brexit that would be economically disastrous.”


ENDS

 

Notes:


Scotlands Labour Market Statistics

https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/LMTrends

 

Table A1: Model-based unemployment levels and rates by local authority

Not seasonally adjusted

 

 

Oct 2017-Sep 2018

 

Change on year

 

 

Rate

Level

 

Rate (%pt)

Level Change

 

Aberdeen City

 

4.6

6,000

 

0.0

1

200

£

 

Aberdeenshire

 

2.9

4,000

 

-0.4

¤

-700

¤

 

Angus

 

3.6

2,000

 

-0.6

¤

-400

¤

 

Argyll & Bute

 

2.9

1,200

 

0.0

1

0

1

 

Clackmannanshire

 

4.9

1,200

 

-0.2

¤

-100

¤

 

Dumfries and Galloway

 

3.2

2,200

 

-0.1

¤

-200

¤

 

Dundee City

 

6.2

4,300

 

1.0

£

800

£

 

East Ayrshire

 

6.1

3,400

 

0.8

£

300

£

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

3.4

1,800

 

-0.2

¤

-100

¤

 

East Lothian

 

4.1

2,300

 

0.1

£

200

£

 

East Renfrewshire

 

3.4

1,500

 

0.2

£

100

£

 

Edinburgh, City of

 

3.9

11,000

 

0.4

£

1,200

£

 

Na h-Eileanan Siar

 

2.6

300

 

-0.5

¤

-100

¤

 

Falkirk

 

3.9

3,200

 

-0.7

¤

-500

¤

 

Fife

 

4.2

7,800

 

-0.1

¤

0

1

 

Glasgow City

 

5.5

16,200

 

-0.6

¤

-2,000

¤

 

Highland

 

3.3

4,200

 

-0.4

¤

-300

¤

 

Inverclyde

 

5.2

2,000

 

-0.5

¤

-200

¤

 

Midlothian

 

3.6

1,700

 

-0.1

¤

0

1

 

Moray

 

3.7

1,700

 

-0.3

¤

-200

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