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Unemployment in Scotland rose 8,000 in January-March

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Unemployment in Scotland rose by 8,000 in the period January to March 2016, and now stands at 169,000.

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According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released today, the Scottish unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, which is above the rate of 5.1 percent for the whole of the UK.

The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland fell by 53,000 over the three months January to March 2016. The number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,578,000.

Employment in Scotland fell by 53,000 over the quarter, and by 45,000 over the year, to stand at 2,578,000.

The Scots employment rate decreased over the quarter at 73.1 percent. The rate is below the UK average of 74.2 percent.

Unemployment in Scotland rose by 8,000 over the quarter and is up 2,000 over the year. The level now stands at 169,000.

At 6.2 percent, the Scottish unemployment rate is above the UK’s rate of 5.1 percent.

Economic activity fell by 46,000 over the quarter and now stands at 2,748,000. Also, the economic activity rate decreased over the year to stand at 78 percent.

In April 2016, the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance was 57,400 and claimant count, including Universal Credit was 72,600.

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