Unemployment in Scotland has dropped below 200,000 and stands at 7.3%.
Meanwhile unemployment in the rest of the UK is as follows:
N. Ireland: 8.4%
Further good news is that the Scottish economy grew by 0.5% while figures UK wide, due later this month, are expected to show a contraction, meaning the UK economy may have fallen into its third recession in 5 years...the triple dip.
These figures are only a glimpse of the situation, and of course, the real power behind the Scottish economy is still in the hands of the London government.
But this kind of news gives lie to the notion, so beloved of the Cameron government, and particularly Bubbles, or Greeting Gideon as he's unaffectionately known at Munguin's Republic, that the uncertainty of the future of Scotland due to the referendum, would mean that no company would want to invest here, leading to economic decline and to greater unemployment.
Imagine if Edinburgh had the power to bring forward the work that our country so desperately needs doing, the "shovel-ready" projects, how many people we could put to work, and how much more companies would flock to Scotland.