Today's unemployment figures reveal the number of people out of work is down by 49,000, but shows an increase in those working part-time, and those who have been out of work for more than a year.
Long-term unemployment is up by twelve thousand, and the number of part time workers is also on the increase, up by 49%. Consumer editor Chris Choi reports.
The UK figures for unemployment disguise a worrying picture in Scotland.
Despite early signs of an improving economy many families may still face the worst blow that a struggling economy delivers to a household.