By Marcus Leach

UK unemployment has fallen to 2.53 million as the number of people out of work fell by 50,000 in the three months to August, according to official data.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that the official unemployment rate is now 7.9%.

For the same period the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 71.3%, up 0.5% from March to May 2012. There were 29.59 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 212,000 from March to May 2012.

"It's a real landmark to see more people in work than ever before," Employment Minister Mark Hoban said.

"Despite the tough economic times, the private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work - with 170,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits than in May 2010."

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