The number of Scots in work has jumped by 15,000 in three months, new figures show.

Official statistics reveal that over the period November to January, there were 2,561,000 people in employment north of the border. That total is just 1,000 less than it was prior to the recession, according to the Scottish Government.

Employment has now increased for the last 13 months, with the new total 79,000 higher than it was 12 months ago.

Unemployment also fell over the period November to January, dropping by 6,000 to stand at 190,000.

Scotland's unemployment rate has now reduced to 6.9% and remains lower than the UK rate of 7.2%.

The number of people who are out of work and claiming jobseeker's allowance fell too, reducing by 3,300 between January and February to 106,800 - with this total 30,400 less than the same time in 2013.