Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland - Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2013

Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland - Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2013

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ISBN: 9781784124670

Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2013, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. Results are provided for Scotland and local authority areas in Scotland.

Executive Summary

• The employment rate in Scotland varies considerably between local authority areas. In 2013, employment rates varied from 60.1% in North Ayrshire to 83.2% in the Shetland Islands. This compares to an employment rate of 71.0% in Scotland based on Jan-Dec 2013 APS data.

• 20 Local Authorities saw increases in their employment rates over the year but 29 saw reductions between 2008 (start of the recession) and 2013, reflecting the continuing challenging economic circumstances.

• Dundee City saw the largest decrease in employment rate across Scotland’s local authorities over the year, down 3.9 percentage points to 61.4%, while its employment level decreased by 3,500. Over the year, Dundee has seen a shift out of employment into inactivity (with the level of those who stated they were inactive for other reasons up over 3,000 over this period).

• The gap between male and female employment rates in 2013 was 6.9 percentage points, the lowest seen since 2004 (when the APS started) and 3.2 percentage points lower than that in the UK as a whole.

• The employment level (16+) for females in 2013 was 1,198,500, up 15,800 over the year, and the highest level seen from the APS since Apr’08-Mar’09

• The youth unemployment rate (16-24) in Scotland was 20.6%, 0.5 percentage points higher than the rate in the UK (20.1%). The rate in Scotland has increased by 7.0 percentage points since 2008, higher than the increase of 5.1 percentage points in the UK over the same period.

• Over the year, the unemployment rate decreased in 21 local authority areas in Scotland, with 10 of the remaining authorities seeing increases in their unemployment rate, and one seeing no change.

• In 2013, 29,000 (11.9%) of 16-19 year olds were not in education, employment or training (NEET). The level of NEET has decreased by 4,000 (1.4 percentage points) over the year, driven by a decrease in the number of males who were NEET.