Scotland’s employment figures are on the rise, as new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that almost 2.6 million people in the country are now in work.

Between April and June, 9,000 more Scots managed to find work, raising the country’s number of employees to 2,594,000. Unemployment also fell by 2,000, meaning just 176,000 Scots are without work. Across the whole of the UK, some 2.08 million people are unemployed, as jobless figures fell by 132,000 overall, reports

The employment rate in Scotland is slightly higher than the UK’s, as it currently sits at 73.5 per cent, compared to the overall rate of 73 per cent. Moreover, the Scottish rate of unemployment has fallen to 6.4 per cent, which is the same as the UK’s figure.

Scotland’s female employment rate is much higher than the average though, as it’s climbed to 69.8 per cent, whereas the overall UK figure is only at 68 per cent. This means that more Scottish women are in work than ever before, as employment levels reached a new high of 1.25 million – 36,000 up on the same time the previous year, reports

Angela Constance, Scotland’s youth and women’s employment secretary, said the figures show that the country is capable of becoming independent.

“We know that Scotland’s economy has returned to pre-recession levels and these figures show that our recovery is continuing to gain momentum, with unemployment down and employment at its highest level ever,” she stated. “I am pleased to see that youth employment has increased and that fewer young people are now unemployed in Scotland compared to a year ago.”