While headline indicators of Scotland’s labour market remain strong, the latest data show a relatively sharp quarterly increase in the unemployment rate from 4% to 4.5%. While the unemployment rate remains low by historical standard, this increase may be the first indication that the weak output growth experienced over the past couple of years is feeding through to labour market outcomes.
Ben is an economist at the Fraser of Allander Institute working across a number of projects areas. He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and a degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, as well as experience working on a variety of projects for public, private, and third sector organisations. He also conducts work related to health, social care and criminal justice.