Other figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show:
- People out of work for over a year increased by 12,000 to 894,000
- 443,000 people have also been jobless for over two years, up by 21,000
- Part-time employment also increased by 49,000 to 8.1 million, close to a record high
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.