Media playback is unsupported on your device

UK unemployment: Government says 'things have picked up'

14 August 2013 Last updated at 10:59 BST

UK unemployment fell by just 4,000 in the three months to June leaving 2.51 million out of work, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb welcomed the drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in July which fell by 29,000 to 1.4 million.

He said: "My sense is, as the year has gone on, things have picked up."

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.