Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey, 2015

Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2015, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. Results are provided for Scotland and local authority areas in Scotland.

About this publication

The Annual Population Survey ( APS) is the primary source for information on local labour markets providing headline estimates on employment, unemployment and economic activity in Scotland. It combines results from the Labour Force Survey ( LFS) and the English, Welsh and Scottish Labour Force Survey boosts. The boosts increase the sample size, which means the APS can provide more robust labour market estimates for local areas compared to the main LFS. The Scottish Government funds the boost to the LFS sample in Scotland, taking the sample size from approximately 5,950 households each year to 22,000 households.

This is the thirteenth publication of the series (previously known as Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland). It aims to provide reliable and up-to-date headline information for local area labour markets and covers employment, underemployment, inactivity and youth participation in the labour market within Scotland and its local authorities. Results are provided for the calendar years (January to December) 2004 to 2015, based on the data released by the Office for National Statistics ( ONS) on 17 March 2016. ONS also release rolling quaterly datasets covering the periods April-March, July-June and October -September. The data for these are not presented in the tables of this publication, but have been used for some of the detailed timeseries and in references to record levels. The data for these is available at:

This year's publication has been streamlined to highlight the key statistics for Scotland's labour market from the APS. The supporting data tables have also been updated to include a user selectable local area summary which gives an overview of a local area results to another area which the user can select (default is Scotland).


1. All statistics, charts and tables presented in this publication are sourced from the Annual Population Survey datasets up to January - December 2015 produced by the Office for National Statistics ( ONS).

2. Map data: © Crown copyright and database right 2012. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024655.

Supporting data is available in the publication web-tables


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