At 23, Kyle Scott already has a long CV. He left school at 17, and he’s worked full or part time for most of his adult life.

It’s not been an easy road. But Kyle’s put himself through college, and he’s well on his way to earning a degree at university.

Education has offered a pathway towards a career. His future is bright, even if he’s had more than his fair share of dark and challenging moments in recent years. So how does he compare with others?

The UK workforce now stands at more than thirty two million people.

That’s the highest employment rate on record. More than three quarters of Scots are in some sort of job. Scotland’s unemployment rate stands at little more than 4 percent. So the jobs market seems robust.

And even youth unemployment – which has remained stubbornly high for decades has seen a dramatic fall in recent years.

In the past four years, the number of 18-24 year olds in Scotland has fallen from around 52,000 in the year April 2014 – March 2015 (that’s 14.5% of the age-group) – to just 23,000 in Apr 2017 – March 2018 (Just 7% of the age-group).

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