UK unemployment total drops to 2.49m

The number of unemployed people fell by 37,000 to 2.49m over the three months to November 2012, a drop of 185,000 on the previous year.

The figure is the lowest since the three months to May in 2011.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics this morning showed that the number of people on Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 12,100 month on month in December to 1.56m, the lowest figure since June 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of people in employment hit another record of 29.7m in the September to November period, up 552,000 on the previous year.