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UK unemployment falls by 36,000 to 2.46 million

UK unemployment fell by 36,000 in the three months to the end of March to 2.46 million, the second quarterly drop in a row, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the rate of unemployment in the UK was now 7.7%.

Unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds stood at 935,000, with the jobless rate for young people now at 20%.

Hugh Pym reports.

  • 18 May 2011
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