Unemployment fell in June

Unemployment for everyone aged 16 and over is currently 2.56 million down 46,000 on the previous three months.

Employment for the same age group is 29.48 million, up 201,000 on the previous three months.

Annually employment was up 251,000, from 29.22 million in April to June 2011 to 29.48 million in April to June 2012.

Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills, said: “This latest labour market data continues the trend of robust performance, given the recent GDP figures. Alongside a rise in overall employment, it’s particularly pleasing to see more people are finding full-time jobs.

“The overall high level of unemployment, especially among young people leaving education, remains a significant challenge. We also need to ensure that the private sector can create jobs across the UK, as the numbers point to a wide variation in regional performance.

“These need to be areas of particular focus for the Government in the autumn.”