Employment rate at new record high

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But there are also a growing number of Scots in work as the size of the country's workforce expands.

"But the fuel on which the labour market runs - people wanting to get into work - is getting scarcer".

The jobless rate in Scotland is now 4.4%, compared with 4.2% United Kingdom wide.

United Kingdom employment rose to a record high in the three months to end-May after the economy created jobs at a stronger than expected pace.

The number of people in employment reached 32.40 million, 137,000 more than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 388,000 more than the previous year.

"While self-employment was 8,000 (-0.2%) lower year-on-year, this was a period during which public authorities were legislated to re-evaluate the legitimacy of engaging any worker under this status". Employers reported 824,000 job vacancies for the period between April and June, the highest number since comparable records began in 2001.

Wage growth also moderated slightly, with the average United Kingdom earnings increasing by 2.7%, compared to 2.8% at the last data release in June.

Unemployment remained at 4.2pc, the Office for National Statistics said.

"Real earnings remain modestly up on the year, both including and excluding bonuses", Hughes said in his statement.

The claimant count, which includes people on Jobseeker's Allowance and the unemployment element of Universal Credit increased by 7,800 last month to 898,700, around 97,000 more than a year ago.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said: "The employment rate is now at a record high of 75.7%". Once more, we continue to outperform the United Kingdom on employment for young people and women. It represents an employment rate of 75.7%.

There were also a record number of job vacancies, meaning that the number of Brits in employment could rise significantly in the near future. "And it's worth remembering that of the over 3 million increase in employment since 2010, 75% are full-time and permanent, and around 70% are in higher skilled occupations which generally attract higher wages".

Commenting on the data, Tara Sinclair, economist and senior fellow at the global job site Indeed, said Britain's job creation boom was running on empty but refuses to stall: "For years it has successfully piled on more jobs and tempted ever more people to join the workforce".

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