The number of Scots out of the labour market and not seeking jobs has increased, according to the latest official figures.

The rate was up to 22.9% for Scotland and down to 21% for the UK as a whole between February and April.

Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the unemployment rate in Scotland remains near record lows and there’s resilience in the labour market. Global issues are still causing significant economic challenges, however.

“The UK government is investing £3.5bn to remove barriers to work and remains committed to halving inflation, reducing debt and growing the economy, not least through investing more than £2.2bn in Scotland through our ambitious levelling up agenda and City and Growth Deals.”

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