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Job seeker numbers fall by 65,000

The number of people out of work fell by 65,000 to 2.58 million in the three months to May, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The unemployment rate fell to 8.1% in the period, down from 8.3% in the previous quarter.

The ONS figures showed that the number of people in employment rose by 181,000 to 29.35 million.

However, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 6,100 to 1.6 million in June.

John Moylan reports.

  • 18 Jul 2012
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