By Marcus Leach

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that UK unemployment fell by 26,000 in the three months to May, and now stands at 2.45 million.

The unemployment rate is now down to 7.7%, having previously stood at 7.8% in the previous quarter.

However, despite the drop in overall unemployment, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in June was up 24,500 to 1.52 million. This is the biggest single rise in two years.

It follows an upwardly-revised 22,500 rise in the claimant count for May.

According to the ONS the reason for the discrepancy between the two measures was down to the changes in the benefits system that has seen more women claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

The total number in employment rose 50,000 versus the previous quarter to 29.28 million - the highest total in over two years.

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