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."