New labour market data were released this morning showing that the Scottish unemployment rate (16+) is now 4.1%, and the employment rate (16-64) is now 74.3%.
This means that there has been an increase in unemployment of 0.8%-points in the three months to August, and that the employment rate fell by 1.4%-points over the same period.
To put this into context, the increase in the unemployment rate is the biggest three month increase in four years.
This means that there are 20,000 more people unemployed in Scotland, and nearly 60,000 fewer people in employment, than earlier in the year.
At the same time the UK unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9% (up 0.1% pts relative to the three months before) and the employment rate fell slightly (down 0.2%-pts) to 75.9%
In this blog we run through the main conclusions from these data.