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

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Table 2: Difference between employment rates in the best and worst performing regions, 2001-2007

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Best Performing

82.8%

82.6%

83.0%

83.3%

81.6%

82.0%

83.3%

Worst Performing

61.1%

62.4%

64.7%

65.6%

66.8%

66.5%

67.1%

Gap

21.8%

20.2%

18.3%

17.7%

14.8%

15.5%

16.2%

2001-2003 data are taken from the Annual Labour Force Survey.

Data from 2004 onwards are taken from the Annual Population Survey.

The data for 2004 onwards are based on the calendar year (Jan-Dec) whereas data prior to this is based on seasonal years (Mar-Feb) so there is a discontinuity in the series.

The gap in participation between Scotland's best and worst performing regions has generally reduced over the last 8 years although there has been a slight increase in recent years.

More information on the Government's Purpose Targets can be found on the Scotland Performs website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms.