There was a 7,000 fall in Jobseeker's Allowance
claimants last month, to 1.
Jenny Marra, newly elected Labour MSP for North-east Scotland, said: "The fact the number of women claiming jobseeker's allowance
has reached its highest-ever level should be a wake-up call for the Scottish government.
However, the wider unemployment figure - which includes people not eligible for jobseeker's allowance
and is measured quarterly - rose by 35,000 to 2.
In Coventry, 10,089 people claimed Jobseeker's Allowance
last month, compared to 10,374 in June - which is a fall of 285.
Anyone on Jobseeker's Allowance
who refuses to join the work programme will lose the right to claim out-of-work benefits until they do, while people who refuse to accept reasonable job offers could forfeit their benefits for up to three years.
The total number of people unemployed, including those not eligible for jobseeker's allowance
, jumped by 6,000 in the latest quarter to 1.
Anyone out of work who has paid enough National Insurance can claim contribution based Jobseeker's Allowance
of up to pounds 54.
There was also an 18,600 fall in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance
in September to 951,900 - the 23rd consecutive monthly reduction.
Last month 21,224 people were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance
compared with 22,287 in March - a drop of 1,063 - according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
New figures showing a fall in Jobseeker's Allowance
claimants, provided a further boost for Chancellor George Osborne.
The move will put to an end the "one-way street" to benefits where people start claiming jobseeker's allowance
by just signing-on without first taking steps to make themselves attractive to employers.
Their solicitors said later the ruling means "all those people who have been sanctioned by having their jobseeker's allowance
withdrawn for non-compliance with the back-to-work schemes affected will be entitled to reclaim their benefits".