The Scottish Government has fulfilled its commitment to reduce youth unemployment by 40%, four years ahead of schedule.
Analysis of the latest ONS Labour Force Survey dataset from January to March shows the level of youth unemployment excluding full-time education has fallen to 27,000 in 2017, from 52,000 in 2014, a decrease of 48.3%.
The headline target in the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy was to reduce youth unemployment excluding those in full-time education by 40% between 2014 and 2021.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:
“These figures are fantastic news and testament to our work to support young people in the labour market, prepare them for work and equip them with the skills the economy needs.