Unemployment in Scotland has fallen, according to latest statistics

Unemployment in Scotland fell slightly between August and October, according to latest statistics.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the unemployment rate among those aged 16 years and over was 4.2%, which was 0.6% down on the previous quarter.

The employment rate for those aged 16 to 64 years was 74.8%, a 1.4% increase on the previous quarter.

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ONS said the rise is partly caused by the record high increase in the employment level, of 57,000.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: "For August to October 2020, Scotland's employment rate estimate has risen over the quarter to 74.8% and the unemployment rate estimate has fallen over the quarter to 4.2%.

"These figures still do not reflect the full impact of coronavirus on employment.

"We are also facing huge economic uncertainty as a result of Brexit and the UK Government's decision to leave the transition period on December 31 in the middle of a pandemic and a recession.”

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