Unemployment falls to 2.45m

Unemployment fell by 26,000 in the three months to May to 2.45m, official figures showed today.

The unemployment rate was 7.7 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), down from 7.8% in the previous quarter.

But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance increased by 24,500 last month to 1.52m, the Office for National Statistic said.