Monthly GDP Estimates for January

An experimental statistics publication for Scotland

Scotland’s onshore GDP grew by 1.1% in January, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician. Output remains above the pre-pandemic level of February 2020, by 0.8%.

Output in the services sector, which accounts for around three quarters of the economy, grew by 0.9% in January. At the broad level, output in consumer facing services grew by 3.6%, while health, education and public services output increased by 0.8%, and output in all other services increased by 0.1%.

Output in the production sector grew by 1.8% in January, while construction sector output grew by 1.1%.

In the three months to January, GDP is estimated to have grown by 1.3% compared to the previous three month period. This indicates a continuation of stable growth in the quarter to far, relative to the increase of 1.3% in 2021 Quarter 4 (October to December).


The latest publication is available on the Scottish Government website

All results are seasonally adjusted and presented in real terms (adjusted to remove inflation). GDP growth relates to Scotland’s onshore economy, which means it does not include the output of offshore oil and gas extraction.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the output of the economy in Scotland. The monthly estimates have been developed to help track the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are designated as experimental official statistics. This means that they are still in development but have been released to enable their use at an early stage. All results are provisional and subject to relatively high levels of uncertainty.

Further information on GDP statistics is available on the the Scottish Government website.

These estimates are compiled in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics – more information on the standards of official statistics can be accessed on the Statistics Authority website.


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