By Claire West

UK unemployment fell 43,000 in the three months to April to 1.81m, official figures have shown today.

Comparing the estimates for February to April 2015 with those for the 3 months to January 2015, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011 to early 2012.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics this morning show that the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work was 73.4%, up slightly from the 3 months to January 2015 and higher than for a year earlier.

The figures also revealed that there were 9.02 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work, which is 10,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2015 but 60,000 more than for a year earlier.