Speaking in response to the latest employment statistics, the economy spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:
"These numbers will horrify people. Scottish jobs are down and unemployment is up. The Scottish economy is erratic and unsteady.
"Both governments needs to think big for the long term. There have been massive downgrades to the economy forecast by the Office of Budget Responsibility and other commentators.
"Investment in education to build a high wage and high skill economy is an absolute essential. That's why Liberal Democrtats are pushing this so hard."