Unemployment falls in the UK

The number of unemployed people has fallen by 46,000 in the last quarter, to 2.56 million people. The unemployment rate is 8.0% of the economically active population, down 0.2% on the quarter.

The number of youth unemployed has also fallen, but only slightly, down by 4,000 to 1.01 million.

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to May 2012 was 71.0%. This is the highest figure since the three months to May 2009 and it is up 0.4 percentage points on the previous quarter.

The number of full-time workers increased by 130,000 to reach 21.41 million and the number of part-time workers increased by 71,000 to reach 8.07 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

In July 2012 there were 1.59 million people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, this was down 5,900 compared with June.