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Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland - Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2012

Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland - Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2012

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ISBN: 9781782565628

Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2011, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. Results are provided for Scotland and local authority areas in Scotland.

Executive Summary

• There is considerable variation in employment rates across Scotland's local authorities. In 2012, employment rates varied from 59.7% in Glasgow City to 81.3% in the Orkney Islands. This compares to an employment rate of 70.6% in Scotland based on Jan-Dec 2012 APS data.

• Just over half of local authorities (17 in total) saw an increase in their employment rates over the year, while all but two local authorities saw reductions between 2008 and 2012, reflecting the continuing challenging economic circumstances.

• Glasgow saw the largest decrease in employment rate across Scotland’s local authorities, down 4.1 percentage points to 59.7%, while its employment level decreased by 15,500. Over the year, Glasgow has seen a large shift out of employment into inactivity (with the level of inactive students aged 16-24 up around 11,000 over this period).

• The youth unemployment rate (16-24) in Scotland was 20.7%, 0.2 percentage points lower than the rate in the UK. The rate in Scotland has increased by 7.1 percentage points since 2008, higher than the increase of 5.9 percentage points in the UK over the same period.

• Over the year, the unemployment rate decreased in 19 local authority areas in Scotland, with 12 of the remaining authorities seeing increases in their unemployment rate, and one seeing no change.

• In 2012 33,000 (13.3%) of 16-19 year olds were not in education, employment or training. The level of NEET has increased by 1,000 (0.9 percentage point) since 2011.