Good news on Scotland’s economy you might have missed

Scotland is one of the strongest economies in the world. Against a backdrop of Tory austerity – and faced with a damaging Brexit – we are taking action to make it stronger still.

Here is just some of the news from the past week that shows how, in government, we’re delivering progress on the economy.

Scottish economic growth is outstripping growth across the UK


In the first three months of 2018, Scotland’s economy grew by 0.4 per cent – compared to 0.2 per cent across the UK. Growth outstripped the UK rate over the past year too. Get the facts on Scotland’s economy here.


Employment is up and unemployment is down


New figures show employment in Scotland is at historic levels. Female and youth employment rates are also higher than across the UK. Read the detail on jobs here.

Business R&D jobs in Scotland are up 72 per cent under the SNP


New analysis shows that the number of business research and development jobs has increased significantly since the SNP came to office in 2007. Read more about how we’ll keep making progress on innovation here.

Scotland’s new back-to-work schemes have supported 5,527 people


With new devolved employability powers, transitional employment schemes for disabled people and people with long term conditions were set up in April 2017. In its first 15 months of operation, almost 5,527 people joined the schemes – supporting 1,753 job starts. Read more on – share the facts on Facebook