Perthshire is a county in central Scotland, which has since been succeeded by the formation of the Central and Tayside Regions. The county town and main administrative centre is Perth, and the estimated population is 137,520 (as of 2004). Other major towns include Crieff, Aberfeldy, Kinross, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry, and Kinross.
The area benefits from a healthy tourist industry, which is due to the fantastic walks, golf courses, and water-sports activities that are available. One of the county's main towns Pitlochry - has the highest percentage of people employed in hotels and restaurants in the whole of Scotland.
Around 3.5% of the population are unemployed, whilst 55% are in full-time employment; 19% are in part-time employment; and 26% are self-employed. The county employs a high proportion of staff in its main industries of wholesale/retail (32%), public administration and defence (19%), financial/business services (12%), and agriculture/fishing (9%).
Major employers in Perthshire include Dewars Whisky Distillery (Aberfeldy), TG
Timber and Polney Saw Mill (Dunkeld), and Bells Whisky (Pitlochry).
The average worker's earnings are below the Scottish average. However, the tourism sector continues to grow year-after-year, bringing with it an ongoing supply of job prospects, many of which are listed with online recruitment agencies.