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Youth Unemployment in Scotland (excluding those in full-time education) - Published 9th October 2017

Annual Population Survey, results for year to 30 June 2017 - Published 14th September 2017

Public Sector Employment in Scotland - Statistics for 2nd Quarter 2017 - Published 13th September 2017

Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016 - Published 23rd May 2017

EU nationals living and working in Scotland Annual Population Survey - Published 15th March 2017



Regional Labour Market Statistics were published on the 18th October 2017 at Link

Headline estimates for employment, unemployment and inactivity for Scotland and regions of the UK with change over the quarter and the year can be found at ONS Table

Frequently asked questions on how to interepret the key meaures published in Regional Labour Market Statistics can be found at Link


Analysis of the Labour Market in Scotland

Long-term trends for employment, unemployment and inactivity for Scotland and the UK (Jun-Aug 2017) shown in charts  here.

Tables and charts, showing headline indicators for Scotland (May-Jul 2017)  LM Summary

Slide Pack for Apr-Jun 2017 (Labour Market Brief - August 2017) shows analysis for: Youth Labour Market, Economic Inactivity, Working patterns i.e. full-time part-time work, self employment:  LM Summary


Earnings Analysis

Analysis of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ONS), 2016 dataset for Scotland was published on 31 Oct 2016 Link



Analysis of Characteristics of 16-19 year olds Not in Employment, Education or Training from the 2011 Census (26 October 2015) - Link here

Scotland Performs

Scotland Performs measures and reports on progress of government in Scotland. It allows you to judge for yourself how Scotland is doing against a wide range of indicators set out in the National Performance Framework.



Purpose Targets

Purpose Targets are high level targets that show progress towards the Governments Purpose. 


To maintain our position on labour market participation as the top performing country in the UK.

To close the gap with the top five OECD economies by 2017.

National Indicators

Reduce underemployment.

Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage.

Reduce the pay gap.

About Labour Market Statistics

This section gives information on how to access statistics relating to the Labour Market.


The Scottish Government holds the Labour Force Survey, Annual Population Survey and Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings data set.


From these we produce various publications and briefing papers which relate specifically to the labour market in Scotland.


This cover the following topics: 


  • Headline estimates of  unemployment, employment, economic inactivity, 
  • Earnings,
  • Public sector employment
  • Youth Employment briefing papers can also be found on the briefing papers page and
  • Other labour market based statistics. 


Data are available at a variety of geographies


  • UK
  • Scotland
  • Local Authority areas and
  • Parliamentary Constituency areas.


You may browse our Publications or a list of available Data for specific information,


If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search tools on the Search Statistics page or contact us directly for more information.



Labour Market statistics in more detail

Publications and Data
Recent statistical publications on Labour Market, including background information, and other online briefing.


Methods and Background
Useful information relating to Labour Market statistics.


Analytical Papers
Research and statistical papers relating to Labour Market issues.


Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Labour Market statistical collections.


Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.


Our contact information.