GDP Monthly Estimate: November 2021

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics measure the output of the economy in Scotland. These experimental monthly estimates have been developed to help track the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


This publication is designated as experimental official statistics. This means that the statistics 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.

Main Findings

  • Scotland’s onshore GDP is estimated to have grown by 0.8% in November, and output is now back above the pre-pandemic level of February 2020 for the first time, by 0.6%.
  • Output in the services sector, which accounts for around three quarters of the economy, grew by 0.5% in November, with increases in nine of the fourteen subsectors. At the broad level, output in consumer facing services was flat in November (0.0% growth), and health, education and public services output fell by 0.1%, while output in all other services increased by 0.9%.
  • Output in the production sector, which accounts for around 16% of the economy, grew by 1.7% in November. There was growth in three of the four subsectors, including growth of 1.7% in the manufacturing subsector.
  • Output in the construction sector, which accounts for around 6% of the economy is estimated to have grown by 3.6% in November.
  • In the three months to November, GDP is estimated to have grown by 1.3% compared to the previous three month period (June - August). This reflects a slight pickup in growth during the fourth quarter so far, relative to the increase of 1.0% in Quarter 3 (July to September).

Important Information About This Release

Estimates of monthly GDP growth are inherently more volatile than quarterly or annual growth. In normal times it would be sensible to concentrate on the smoother rolling quarterly growth rate (latest three months compared to previous three months). However, due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, results are still mostly presented in terms of monthly growth rates, or the cumulative change compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020.

All results are seasonally adjusted and presented in real terms (adjusted to remove inflation), and relate to Scotland’s onshore economy (which does not include offshore oil and gas extraction).

Further information can be found in the full publication below (pdf).

November Monthly GDP Publication

November Monthly GDP Tables

Contact

email: economic.statistics@gov.scot

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