UK unemployment (labour force survey measure) has fallen by 36,000 to 2,46 million.
This is over the 1st quarter of 2011. The percentage rate of unemployment is now 7.7%, down from the previous figure of 7.8%.
However, the rate of unemployment among 16-24 year olds is still very high - 20%.
Also, there was a rise in the Claimant count by 12,400 in April up to 1.47 million. This is explained by a movement of people from economically inactive categories such as those on sickness benefit and income support, on to unemployment benefit.