Labour Market News

Latest Releases

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest labour market statistics on 18 February 2015. The regional labour market first release - including figures for Scotland -  is available here.

*New* The Scottish Government released Headline Statistics from the Annual Population Survey October 2013 to September 2014 on 18 December 2014, available on the Labour Market Statistics Publications page.

*New* SIMD analysis tables from the Annual Population Survey Jan-Dec 2013 dataset available on the  Labour Market Statistics Publications page.

The Scottish Government released Local Area Labour markets in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2013 on 7 May 2014. The full publication is available here and supporting web-tables on the Labour Market Statistics Publications page.

The Scottish Government provides monthly briefing on youth unemployment and the overall labour market in Scotland

Joint analysis of labour market trends by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has been issued here.

Labour Market


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


We produce various publications and briefing papers which relate specifically to the labour market in Scotland. This includes all the latest information on unemployment, employment, economic inactivity, earnings, public sector employment and other labour market based statistics.

Youth Employment briefing papers can also be found on the briefing papers page


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, or use the High Level Trends below to view a brief overview of some of our key statistics.


You can also access data through the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) website where you will find a range of data from datazone to Scotland level.


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.


The Statistical News Releases page includes those releases related to the Labour Market topic.

Statistics Topic

High Level Summary of Statistics Trends

Employment and Economic Activity
Skills Profile 
Earnings and Benefits

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High Level Summary of Equality Statistics

Equality trends for Labour Market can be accessed throughout the Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2012 publication.


Featured Analysis

Unemployment rate (16+) by deprivation for Scotland,
January to December 2012

Employment rate by gender and deprivation 2012, Scotland

Source: Annual Population Survey, Jan-Dec 2012, ONS
            Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2012,
Scottish Government

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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.