In the three months to September 2012, the jobless total fell by 49,000 to 2.51 million, the biggest decrease in more than a year.
Almost all of this was attributed to more young people managing to find jobs.
It means the number of people in work in total has reached just fewer than 30 million, while the unemployment rate is 110,000 lower than in July to September 2011.
This comes after the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and consultancy KPMG revealed last week that both permanent and temporary job placements had increased in October.
Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King told BBC News: "The road to recovery will be long and winding, but there are good reasons to suggest we are travelling in the right direction."
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