Ayrshire heading unemployment table

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North Ayrshire has the highest rate of unemployment in the Scotland. 12.7% of all residents in North Ayrshire who are economically active are jobless. This compares with a rate of 7.8% in the Scotland and 7.8% in the UK. Glasgow City is next highest at 12.4%, followed by North Lanarkshire at 11.7%, West Dunbartonshire 10.5%, South Ayrshire 10.4%, Fife 9.4 and Renfrewshire 9.1 %. Orkney Islands has Scotland’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.3%, followed by Highland 2.6%.

Glasgow City has the lowest employment rate in Scotland. Only 62.1% of those aged 16 to 64 living in Glasgow are in employment. This compares with 71.0% in Scotland and 70.2 % in the UK. There are 13 areas in Scotland below the average in Scotland for the employment rate including North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, South Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Eilean Siar, North Lanarkshire, Dundee City, Stirling, East Ayrshire and City of Edinburgh. Shetland has Scotland’s and UK’s highest employment rate at 85.6%.

29.1% of those aged 16 to 64 who live in Glasgow City are economically inactive (see note 4 for definition). This is the highest rate in the Scotland. Wolverhampton has the next highest rate with 30.9% economically inactive. The rate for the Scotland is 23.0% and the UK 23.9%. In Eilean Siar, North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, City of Edinburgh economically inactive rates are above the Scotland average. Shetland has Scotland’s and the UK’s lowest economically inactive rate at 11.9%.

All these official figures are from a new GMB study of the most recent Annual Population Survey from ONS.