This publication contains the latest estimates of employment, unemployment and economic inactivity for 16 to 24 year olds. Estimates are for Scotland and the United Kingdom and cover the period April 2022 to March 2023. Data are sourced from the Annual Population Survey, first released on 11 July 2023 by the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS Annual Population Survey is the National Statistics source for labour market indicators by region and age. National Statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.
The latest ONS Annual Population Survey (APS) data are for April 2022 to March 2023. Some Government policies relating to COVID-19 were still in place during this time. The impact of these policies may be seen in the estimates.
The latest estimates for 16 to 24 year olds in Scotland show the unemployment rate has increased over the year, the employment rate has increased and the economic inactivity rate has decreased.
In Scotland in April 2022 to March 2023:
- the estimated employment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 56.9 per cent
- the estimated unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 9.6 per cent
- the estimated economic inactivity rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 37.1 per cent
Compared with the previous year:
- the employment rate for 16 to 24 year olds increased by 0.6 percentage points
- the unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds increased by 0.4 percentage points
- the inactivity rate for 16 to 24 year olds decreased by 0.9 percentage points
Compared with the United Kingdom as a whole:
- the employment rate for 16 to 24 year olds in Scotland was higher (56.9 per cent compared to 53.7 per cent)
- the unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds in Scotland was lower (9.6 per cent compared to 10.4 per cent)
- the inactivity rate for 16 to 24 year olds in Scotland was lower (37.1 per cent compared to 40.1 per cent)
Comparing men and women aged 16 to 24 years in Scotland:
- the estimated employment rate for men was lower than women (54.6 per cent compared to 59.3 per cent)
- the estimated unemployment rate for men was higher than women (10.5 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent)
- the estimated economic inactivity rate for men was higher than women (38.9 per cent compared to 35.2 per cent)
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