Fall in UK unemployment sparks economic recovery debate
New figures showing the biggest quarterly drop in UK unemployment for three years have re-energised the political debate over the best way to boost the country's economic recovery.
The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 49,000 to 2.46 million in the three months to June, although Scotland saw a 0.2% increase in its rate of unemployment to 8.4% in the same period.
Government ministers cautiously welcomed the figures, but critics have warned that widely-expected public sector redundancies could threaten any recovery.
Laura Kuenssberg reports.
11 Aug 2010