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Britain's official jobless rates drops by 50,000 to 2.53 million: official data

LONDON -- The number of unemployed people in recession-hit Britain fell by 50,000 to 2.53 million in the quarter to August from the total in the previous quarter, official data showed on Wednesday.

The unemployment rate sank to a 14-month low of 7.9 percent, compared with 8.1 percent in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics added in a statement.

The numbers claiming jobless benefits meanwhile retreated by 4,000 in September to 1.57 million people. That was the third monthly drop in a row and the lowest total since July 2011.

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