Overview of the labour market [March 2003]

Ferguson, Linda (2003) Overview of the labour market [March 2003]. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 28 (1). pp. 27-33. 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 showed that employment increased by 9 thousand in the three months to November 2002, to 2,415 thousand - up 0.4 percent on the previous quarter level. Over the year to November 2002, employment increased by 24 thousand. The employment rate - as a percentage of the working age population in employment - increased to 74.5 per cent, up 0.4 percentage points on the previous quarter. The paper provides an account of quarterly LFS employment over a two-year period to November 2002.