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Public Sector Employment

As at Quarter 1 (Q1) 2009 there were 623,300 people employed within the public sector in Scotland. This was an increase of 47,100 (8.2%) since the previous year and an increase of 96,000 (18.2%) since 1999. The large increase in public sector employment over the year is caused by the reclassification of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group as public corporations. Total public sector employment currently accounts for 24.9% of total employment in Scotland. This has increased from 23.1% in Q1 1999 and increased from 22.6% in Q1 2008.

If we exclude public sector financial institutions (RBS, Lloyds and Northern Rock) from the series, there would be 579,600 people employed in the public sector, representing 23.1% of total employment in Scotland. Excluding these banking groups, public sector employment would have increased by 3,400 (0.6%) over the year.

This is a decrease of 87,900 (4.5%) on the previous year and an increase of 129,300 (7.4%) since 1999. In Q1 2009 the number of people employed in the private sector was 1,883,700.

The remaining 18.2% (113,400) work in public bodies which are the responsibility of the UK Government and 0.1% (520) work in the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.Of those 623,300 people employed in the public sector, 81.7% (509,300) work in public bodies devolved to Scotland.

During the same time employment in public bodies which are the responsibility of the UK Government has increased by 44,800 (65.2 per cent). Although if we exclude the public sector financial institutions, employment in UK-wide public bodies has increased by 1,100 (1.5 per cent) over the year. Since Q1 2008, employment in public bodies devolved to Scotland has increased by 2,300 (0.5%).

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People Claiming Worklessness Benefits

The number of people claiming workless benefits (unemployment benefits, incapacity benefit and income support) in Scotland was approximately 455,600 in May 2007. This is a reduction of over 19,200 since the same period in 2006.

Within Glasgow there are just under 88,000 people claiming workless benefits which accounts for over 19% of all workless benefits claimants in Scotland. However this is down from over 91,000 people claiming workless benefits in Glasgow in 2006. North Lanarkshire is the Local Authority area with the second largest amount of benefits claimants at 36,500 which is down from 38,500 in 2006. All Local Authority areas saw a reduction in people claiming workless benefits between 2006 and 2007.

Reducing the number of people claiming workless benefits within Glasgow, North & South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Dundee and West Dunbartonshire is one of the Closing the Opportunity Gap targets.

Let's see: 623k + 445k = 1,079,000 people dependent on the state for subsistence in Scotland! And that's not including people taking state pensions.

The estimated population of Scotland on 30 June 2008 was 5,168,500 (General Office Register for Scotland)

As a Scottish born person who has never worked within the public sector or taken benefits, I find this number both shocking and embarrassing, with 1/5th of the state depending on taxes, mostly from England.

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The estimated population of Scotland on 30 June 2008 was 5,168,500 (General Office Register for Scotland)

...of which a good few are pensioners and children.

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