It's good news to see yet another increase in the number of people in work and to see unemployment fall again. The fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, although we're not complacent about the scale of the challenge still facing us. We're working hard to help the long-term unemployed back into a job. That's why we've committed to supporting the hardest-to-help people over a two-year period through the Work Programme so that we can help them overcome their barriers to work and get them into sustainable jobs.
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.