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British unemployment falls as recovery gains momentum

British jobless claims fell more than economists forecast in May and a wider measure of unemployment also declined, providing further evidence that an economic recovery is under way.

12th June, 2013
Britain's economy is gathering momentum after a return to growth in the first quarter.

British jobless claims fell more than economists forecast in May and a wider measure of unemployment also declined, providing further evidence that an economic recovery is under way.

Jobless claims fell 8,600 from April to 1.51 million, leaving the rate at 4.5 per cent, the Office for National

Statistics said today in London. Unemployment as measured by International Labour Organisation methods fell 5,000 in the three months through April to 2.51 million, a rate of 7.8 per cent. Employment rose 24,000.

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