Annual Population Survey in Scotland 2007: A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics

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Chapter 2 - Labour market analysis

Employment

In 2007, the number of working age people in employment was estimated at 2.432 million (76.0%). A further 88,900 people over working age were estimated to be in employment. Table 1 shows the variation in employment rates across local authorities. Glasgow City had the lowest employment rate with only 66.7% of its working age population in work.

Table 1: Working age employment rates and levels, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

Proportion

Proportion

Level

Scotland

75.7%

76.0%

2,432,400

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

80.9%

79.1%

107,600

Aberdeenshire

81.6%

82.7%

121,800

Angus

80.7%

79.2%

51,000

Argyll & Bute

81.0%

80.0%

41,400

Clackmannanshire

72.0%

69.5%

20,900

Dumfries & Galloway

79.8%

77.5%

66,600

Dundee City

71.7%

72.1%

63,700

East Ayrshire

72.3%

73.1%

53,200

East Dunbartonshire

81.2%

79.0%

49,700

East Lothian

79.0%

79.3%

43,900

East Renfrewshire

78.9%

77.3%

41,100

Edinburgh, City of

76.5%

77.2%

243,500

Eilean Siar

79.8%

79.4%

12,200

Falkirk

78.0%

78.1%

72,800

Fife

76.3%

75.9%

169,000

Glasgow City

64.4%

66.7%

256,600

Highland

79.9%

82.0%

107,000

Inverclyde

72.3%

68.5%

34,000

Midlothian

81.1%

80.7%

39,000

Moray

79.2%

80.5%

41,700

North Ayrshire

70.9%

71.6%

58,500

North Lanarkshire

73.1%

73.2%

148,900

Orkney Islands

83.2%

86.4%

10,300

Perth & Kinross

79.6%

78.2%

64,800

Renfrewshire

76.9%

75.0%

79,200

Scottish Borders

79.4%

81.5%

53,200

Shetland Islands

85.1%

88.1%

11,700

South Ayrshire

74.7%

77.2%

50,800

South Lanarkshire

77.4%

78.9%

151,400

Stirling

74.8%

76.8%

41,600

West Dunbartonshire

73.6%

73.9%

42,200

West Lothian

79.2%

77.9%

83,000

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

56.1%

58.6%

262,900

Rest of Scotland

79.0%

78.9%

2,169,500

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

72.5%

73.1%

933,200

Other Urban Areas

76.5%

76.6%

708,600

Accessible Small Towns

76.9%

76.4%

218,200

Remote Small Towns

78.4%

78.4%

86,400

Accessible Rural

81.1%

81.3%

334,500

Remote Rural

79.3%

79.5%

151,400

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

80.5%

81.9%

212,300

Rest of Scotland

75.3%

75.5%

2,220,100

In 2007, the employment rate estimate for the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland was 58.6%; considerably lower than that for the rest of Scotland (78.9%).

The employment rate estimates were highest for accessible rural areas (81.3%). This compares to an employment rate estimate of 73.1% for large urban areas.

The employment rate for the Highlands & Islands Enterprise area was higher at 81.9% than the rate for the rest of Scotland (75.5%).

The data from Table 1 is also used to measure the Government's Purpose Target on Cohesion which is to narrow the gap in participation between Scotland's best and worst performing regions by 2017. Table 2 shows how we are performing against this target with estimates of the average employment rate for the best performing 3 local authority areas and the 3 worst performing local authority areas within each year and shows how the gap has changed from 2001.