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Overview of the labour market [June 2003]

Ferguson, Linda (2003) Overview of the labour market [June 2003]. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 28 (2). pp. 23-29. ISSN 0306-7866

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    The latest figures on the labour market in Scotland are summarised. Over the last quarter, Labour Force Survey (LFS) data show that the level of employment remained unchanged in the three months to February 2003, at 2,415 thousand. Over the year to February 2003, employment increased by 55 thousand. The employment rate - as a percentage of the working age population in employment - fell to 74.2 per cent, down 0.3 percentage points on the previous quarter. The paper provides an account of quarterly LFS employment over a two-year period to February 2003.