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Overview of the labour market [March 2006]

Allan, Grant (2006) Overview of the labour market [March 2006]. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 30 (4). pp. 29-35. 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 August 2005 the level of employment rose by 7 thousand, to 2,462 thousand. Over the year to August 2005, employment increased by 18 thousand. The employment rate – as a percentage of the working age population – rose to 75.5 per cent, up 0.3 percentage points on the previous quarter. Over the year to August 2005, the employment rate was up by 0.5 per cent. Figure 1 provides an account of quarterly LFS employment over a four-year period to August 2005.