Employment

In 2015, the gross value added (GVA) of the Edinburgh economy was £18.4 billion, equating to £36,963 per resident (Scottish average £23,685 and UK average £25,601).

The GVA of the Midlothian (and East Lothian) economy was £2.9 billion, equating to £15,128 per resident.

The GVA of the Scottish Borders economy was £2 billion, equating to £17,196 per resident.

In 2015, there were 1.01 jobs per resident aged 16-64 in Edinburgh compared with 0.76 in Scotland.

There were 0.64 jobs per resident aged 16-64 in Midlothian.

There were 0.73 jobs per resident aged 16-64 in the Scottish Borders.

In January 2017, 5,130 people (1.5%) were claiming jobseeker’s allowance or were unemployed and claiming or transferring on to Universal Credit in Edinburgh compared to the Scottish average of 2.3%.

Of these, 815 were aged 18-24, equating to a rate of 1.4% for this age group (Scottish average 3.2%).

In September 2016, there were 11,600 people unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) definition, a rate of 4.4% (Scottish average 4.9%). The employment rate was 71.9% (Scottish average 72.8%).

In January 2017, 895 people (1.6%) were claiming jobseeker’s allowance or were unemployed and claiming or transferring on to Universal Credit in Midlothian.

Of these, 205 were aged 18-24, equating to a rate of 2.9% for this age group.

In September 2016, there were 1,800 people unemployed, a rate of 4.1%. The employment rate was 75.2%.

In January 2017, 1,140 people (1.7%) were claiming jobseeker’s allowance or were unemployed and claiming or transferring on to Universal Credit in the Scottish Borders.

Of these, 275 were aged 18-24, equating to a rate of 3.5% for this age group.

In September 2016, there were 2,300 people unemployed, a rate of 4.1%. The employment rate was 74.9%.

It has been forecast that, between 2012 and 2030, an extra 32,300 jobs will be created in Edinburgh, an extra 3,000 in Midlothian and an extra 1,900 in the Scottish Borders.

The median rate of gross weekly residence based earnings in Edinburgh in 2015 was £554.20, which was above the Scottish average of £527. The figure in Midlothian was £497.40 and the figure in the Scottish Borders was £502.50.