Stephanie Flanders
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UK unemployment down by 17,000

UK unemployment fell by 17,000 in the three months to the end of February to 2.48 million, the first drop since last autumn, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the rate of unemployment in the UK had fallen to 7.8%.

But the number of women and young people out of employment has risen, as has the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance.

Stephanie Flanders reports.

  • 13 Apr 2011