Biggest quarterly decrease in UK unemployed since 2001
12 December 2012 Last updated at 18:49 GMT
The number of people out of work fell by 82,000 between August and October, to 2.51 million, official figures have shown.
It was the biggest quarterly fall in unemployment since 2001.
Just over 2.5 million people are now unemployed - still significantly higher than before the banking crash.
Hugh Pym reports.