The number out of work fell in Scotland
Unemployment has fallen in Scotland and in the UK as a whole, according to the latest figures.
The government's preferred measure shows a drop of 7,000 in the number of jobless north of the border, in the three months to March.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) figures show unemployment in Scotland at 150,000.
The figure is broadly in line with the UK picture, where the number of people out of work is now below 1.5m.
The unemployment rate measured by the ILO standard stands at 5.9% in Scotland.
Claimant count unemployment fell by 300 in April to 98,800, the lowest level since 1975.
The number of people in employment has risen, by 13,000, to 2,390,000.
Scottish Secretary Helen Liddell said the figures were "very encouraging".
She said: "Behind these statistics lie stories of considerable achievement for individuals and communities.
"Sound management of the economy continues to reap benefits and we will work hard to move further towards full employment."
Adam Ingram, Scottish National Party deputy economy and enterprise spokesman, gave the
figures a guarded welcome.
He said: "This is good news as far as it goes.
"However the government must not become complacent as Scotland's economy has
gone from low growth to no growth.
"The coalition parties must now make good on their pledge to tackle this
serious and long-term problem."