The UK unemployment total has fallen below two million for the first time in almost six years, official figures show.
The number of jobless people fell by 154,000 to 1.97 million in the three months to the end of August, the Office for National Statistics said.
The drop, which is bigger than analysts expected, took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008.
The employment rate is now 73%, close to its all-time high of 73.2%.
Chancellor George Osborne said the fall in unemployment was “evidence that our long-term economic plan is working”.
“I’m the first to say there are still too many people out of work. We need to make further reforms to our welfare system so that people have a life of work, rather than a life on the dole,” he added.
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