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  • Latest labour market statistics published

    Created: 06/02/2023, Updated: 03/03/2023
    News/Events Category: General News

    The latest Office for National Statistics published on 14 February 2023 show between October and December 2022, Scotland’s employment rate reached a record high.

    Scotland's employment rate reaches record high


    Scotland’s estimated employment rate rose over the quarter to 76.6 per cent, the highest since the LFS series began in 1992. The estimated unemployment rate fell over the quarter to 3.3 per cent and the estimated inactivity rate fell to 20.8 per cent over the same period.

    The employment rate for women (16-64 years) in Scotland was the joint highest since the series began in 1992 (75.6 per cent) and the inactivity rate for women (16-64 years) was the lowest since the series began (22.3 per cent).

    Employment Minister Richard Lochhead said:

    “The record high employment rate for all 16 to 64 year olds and the joint record high employment rates for women are particularly welcome. The Scottish Government’s ambitious plans for Scotland’s economy set out in our National Strategy for Economic Transformation are built on ensuring everyone can thrive in a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

    Find out more here: Labour Market Trends: February 2023 - (


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