Scotland saw an increase in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance last month but the total number of jobless - including those ineligible for benefits - fell, official statistics showed today.
The Office for National Statistics said the claimant count went up by 1,300 to 144,100 in June while the number of jobless fell by 4,000 to 215,000 between March and May - the fourth fall in a row.
The Scottish unemployment rate now stands at 8 per cent, which is just below the average of 8.1 per cent for the whole of Britain.
Youth unemployment stands at 20.8 per cent.
And Scottish TUC general secretary Grahame Smith said: "The headline statistics do not tell the full story.
"When the economy does eventually recover, Scotland risks being left with a labour market increasingly characterised by part-time, low-wage, insecure employment."