Unemployment rate in Britain drops to 6.4%

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A job centre is pictured in central London, on February 15, 2012
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A job centre is pictured in central London, on February 15, 2012 (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)

London (AFP) - Britain's unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in the quarter to the end of June, hitting the lowest level for more than five years, official data showed on Wednesday.

The rate for the April-June period compares with 6.5 percent for the three months to the end of May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

At 6.4 percent, the rate was at its lowest level since late 2008.

The ONS added that the number of unemployed dropped by 132,000 to stand at 2.08 million people.

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