Employment minister: Reforms helping people into work

Employment Minister Mark Hoban has welcomed a fall in unemployment to 7.7% between May and July, from 7.8% in the previous quarter.

"The private sector's created 1.4 million jobs since May 2010... it's a very clear sign that the economy is turning," he told BBC News.

Mr Hoban said it was due to the government's reform of the benefit system and encouragement of business.

BBC News