Unemployment in the UK fell by 65,000 during the spring, data reveals. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics for the period March to May show that the unemployment rate fell to 8.1% – a fall of 0.2% from the winter quarter.
And the employment rate was up to 70.7%, up 0.3 percent on the previous three months.
But there was grimmer economic news north of the border: Scotland has followed the UK as a whole into a double-dip recession following a contraction in its GDP during the first three months of 2012.
The mixed economic trends have failed to lift the government. A new Mori poll released today has the Conservatives marooned on 31% of public support with Labour at 44%, its highest rating since the autumn of 2007. Only 28% of the public feel the Coalition government is handling the economy effectively.
All three party leaders are unpopular. While Labour’s Ed Miliband is the least unpopular, Nick Clegg is the most unpopular, the Mori data reveals.