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Overview of the labour market [April 2007]

Allan, Grant (2007) Overview of the labour market [April 2007]. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 31 (3). pp. 30-35. ISSN 0306-7866

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    The latest figures on the labour market1 in Scotland are summarised in Table 1. Labour Force Survey (LFS) data show that in the three months to November 2006 the level of employment rose by 13 thousand, to 2,480 thousand. Over the year to November 2006, employment increased by 14 thousand. The employment rate – as a percentage of the working age population – rose to 75.3 per cent, up 0.2 percentage points on the previous quarter. Over the year to November 2006, the employment rate was down by 0.2 per cent. Figure 1 provides an account of quarterly LFS employment over a five-year period to September to November 2006.