After figures revealed unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May, Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted:
Encouraging news with unemployment falling by 57000.
– Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union
Small relief in the unemployment figures will be no comfort to those struggling with the misery of long-term unemployment.
Every job lost is a personal tragedy and the Government has to do more to tackle the persistent jobs crisis.
"Stopping the slew of job losses from the public sector and giving Britain a pay rise to get people spending is what our economy needs to recover
Long-term unemployment has reached a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, according to new figures.
With 915,000 people out of work for more than a year, an increase of 32,000, this was the highest level since 1996, the Office for National Statistics said.
Just over 460,000 people have been unemployed for more than two years, the highest figure since 1997.
Average earnings increased by 1.7% compared with March to May 2012, 0.2% up on the previous month.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 21,200 to 1.48 million, the Office for National Statistics has said.
Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May, official figures show.
They were down 57,000 from December 2012 to February 2013 and down 72,000 from a year earlier.