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Rural Areas - Rural Economic Activity

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: March 2015

Rural Economic Activity

The chart below shows that all indicators of economic activity are highest in rural Scotland. The economic activity rate (people employed or looking for work), employment rate (the number of people employed as a percentage of the total population of working age) and the rate of working age population that is either employed, in education or training are all higher in rural areas than in the rest of Scotland. Within rural Scotland, all indicators of economic activity are higher in accessible rural areas.

Similarly, unemployment rates (that is the number of people unemployed as a percentage of all those who are economically active, aged 16 to 64) are lower in rural Scotland than in the rest of Scotland. The unemployment rate in accessible rural areas is half the rate for the rest of Scotland.

Economic activity of population aged 16 to 64 by geographic area, 2013


The latest version of the classification is the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014 (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/11/2763)

Note: The above figures are based on the working age population except for the Unemployment rate which is based on the Economically Active population aged 16 and over.