Number of peple out of work in Scotland up for the third consecutive quarter and now stands at 218,000
Unemployment in Scotland has risen for the third quarter in a row, according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics.
Another 4,000 people joined the jobless total in Scotland between July and September, taking the total number to 218,000 or 8.1 per cent of the available workforce compared with 7.8 per cent for the rest of the UK.
Figures for the rest of the UK show the claimant count for jobseeker's allowance rose by 10,100 in October to 1.58 million in total – the highest figure since July.
The ONS figures also show the number of people in work increased by 100,000 for the UK as a whole in the last quarter to just under 30 million in total.
However, Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), warned the headline figures mask “a disproportionately large increase in part-time employment".
He added: “Almost half of the employment increase is due to part-time employment, and almost all of this increase is accounted for by women.”
Scotland’s youth employment rate also remains higher than the UK figure of 52.4 per cent, and the quarterly figures show another increase in youth unemployment in Scotland, up 0.4 per cent to 23.5 per cent.
This compares with a drop in unemployment of 49,000 for the UK as a whole to 2.51 million in total, which took the overall jobless rate down to 7.8 per cent from 7.9 per cent the previous quarter.
The total number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance now stands at 140,700 in Scotland, the official figures suggest.
Scotland's employment rate is still ahead of the UK average at 8.1 per cent compared with a UK-wide average of 7.8 per cent.
However, the employment rate in Scotland also dropped by 27,000 in the three-month period and now stands at 2472,000.
First Minister Alex Salmond said Chancellor George Osborne “must address the reality of the UK’s flat-lining economy and not hide behind the impact of the Olympics afterglow on employment in parts of the UK”.
He added: “It is time the Chancellor faced the reality that as a result of his decisions the UK’s economy is flat-lining – as shown by the fact that the claimant count remains unchanged over the past year across the UK as a whole and forecasts for the economy continue to be revised down.
“It would be a tragedy for Scotland, and for the UK as a whole, if the positive impact of the Olympics is used to justify continued inaction by the UK Government.
“The UK Government must beware of complacency basking in the Olympics afterglow - it is still clear that what is needed is a direct capital investment stimulus to boost the economy.”