SCOTLAND'S employment rate remained steady between the first and second quarter of the year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

There was only a marginal 0.4% rise in the number of people aged 16-64 who are out of work, meaning the employment rate stands at 75.4%. Around 2.7 million people are employed in Scotland.

The figures reflect results across the UK, where the employment rate stands at 76.1%.

The first two quarters of the year saw the UK's unemployment rate rise by 0.1%, with 1.3m people unemployed.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn welcomed the figures.

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He said: "These latest results show that Scotland is seeing the benefits of our Labour Market Strategy - driving inclusive and sustainable economic growth through delivering fair and good quality work across our society.

"Our unemployment rate has now been lower than the UK's for 11 months in a row."

He added a warning over current Brexit uncertainty and Boris Johnson's No-Deal plan.

"However, while Scotland's economy and jobs market remains strong and diverse, the UK Government's EU exit plans - particularly the increasing likeliness of a no-deal Brexit - will cost jobs and make people poorer.

"Even with the best possible preparations, leaving the EU without a deal will hurt Scotland's businesses, disrupt trade and impact on all aspects of society.

"The Scottish Government has consistently been clear that the best option for the future well-being and prosperity of Scotland, and the UK as a whole, is to stay in the European Union."