UK unemployment falls

UK unemployment fell by 17,000 in the three months to the end of February to 2.48m, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate among men had fallen, but had risen among women.

Youth unemployment stood at 963,000, with the jobless rate for young people remaining above 20%.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 700 between February and March to 1.45m, the ONS said.