Briefings related to increase in unemployment rate: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

All briefings/notes prepared for ministers, plus internal correspondence, regarding Scotland's unemployment rate jumping sharply between May and July in Scotland, as shown here: between September 1 2023 and the date of this FOI.


Some of the information you have requested is available from Labour Market Trends: September 2023 - (

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

I enclose a copy of the remaining information you requested. This includes extracts from 5 briefing notes prepared for Ministers and 2 email messages pertaining to the request which occurred between September 1 2023 and 14th of November 2023.

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