Unemployment in Scotland rose between May and July amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over increased to 4.6% (128,000) over that period, a 0.1% increase on the previous quarter.
This was higher than the the UK-wide rate of 4.1%.
The proportion of people aged 16-64 in employment also rose to 74.3% (2.65 million), a 0.1% increase on the previous quarter.
The figures show that the number of people aged 16 and over in employment has fallen by 2,000 on the previous quarter, while the number of people who are unemployed has risen by 1,000.
Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “For the period May to July 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate rose slightly over the quarter to 74.3%, and the unemployment rate estimate also rose slightly over the quarter to 4.6%.
“These figures only partially show how the lockdown measures needed to suppress coronavirus (Covid-19) have affected our economy and labour market – they still do not reflect the full impact on employment as the Job Retention Scheme will have offered some relief to many employers and employees.
“Our Programme for Government, published this month, has protecting and renewing Scotland’s labour market at its heart through our new National Mission to create new, good, green jobs.
“This includes a National Transition Training Fund to support up to 10,000 people at risk of redundancy or unemployment, and the Scottish Youth Guarantee, worth £60 million, will ensure every young person has the opportunity of work, education, or training.
“A new £100 million Green Jobs Fund will be created while a new Inward Investment Plan will create 100,000 high-value jobs over the next decade and boost GDP.
“We continue to call on the UK Government to also play its part and extend the Job Retention Scheme, particularly for sectors such as travel, tourism and hospitality, that face significant long-term challenges, likely to remain when the scheme ends next month.”
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “These figures are continuing to show the effect of the pandemic on jobs in Scotland and the impact on individuals and families across the country.
“The UK Government has done everything possible to support people through this difficult time.
“Through the furlough scheme, the UK Government has supported more than 930,000 Scottish jobs, a third of the workforce, and we are taking decisive action though our ambitious Plan for Jobs.
“We have launched the £2 billion Kick Start scheme to create thousands of high quality jobs for young people, are doubling the number of work coaches to help people find work and are bringing in a £1,000 job retention bonus to help employers bring back as many furloughed workers as possible.”
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