Unemployment in the UK is now 2.45 million, down 33,000 on the previous figure. It is the third consecutive time the jobless total has fallen.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit - also known as Jobseeker's Allowance - also fell by 32,300 to 1.59 million in February, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
However, the number of people unemployed for more than 12 months increased by 61,000 over the quarter to reach 687,000, the highest figure since the three months to August 1997.
The rate of unemployment stands at 7.8%, unchanged from the previous three months. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7789784.stm