Unemployment in Britain fell to the lowest in nearly a year in the second quarter as the labour market continued to perform better than expected in spite of the country's double-dip recession.

The number of unemployed people fell by 46,000 in the three months to the end of June, bringing the unemployment rate down slightly from 8.2 per cent to 8 per cent.

In addition, the number of people in employment rose by 201,000 over the quarter, the biggest quarterly increase for almost two years, helping the employment rate to its highest level in more than three years.
The improvement in the labour market will come as a relief to the government, whose austerity programme has come under fire this year as the economy has slid into recession.

The Office for National Statistics said that the decline in unemployment was in large part due to London, where almost half of the new jobs were created.

The number of people claiming jobless benefits, which economists see as a leading indicator for the labour market, fell by 5,900 between June and July.

Part of the explanation for the rise in jobs comes from an increase in self-employment and part-time employment. Nonetheless, the number of full-time workers rose by 130,000 over the same period.

Productivity as measured by output per worker fell 0.7 per cent between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. Based on the data for second-quarter employment and output, the trend will have worsened since then.

Earnings growth also remained very weak: annual pay rose 1.6 per cent in the three months to June, little changed from the three months to May and below the inflation rate of 2.6 per cent.

The first blog is about UNEMPLOYMENT. Does it make you feel pessimistic, guys? If so, I'm really sorry for my mouse-it pointed at this piece of news. Anway, I think I can learn some powerful vocabulary.

1. a double-dip recession:      a recession followed by a short-lived recovery, then a recession
2 .an austerity programme :   an extreme cutback in government expenditure/government spending
3. in large part due to something: mostly caused by something
4. Earnings growth is weak
5. The trend will worsen
6. The economy slides into recession.
7. To come under fire (often + from ) : To be criticized

In addition, the reading looks like a mixture of sentences in Task 1 IELTS Writing, right? You should familiarize yourself with these basic verbs for describing trend: rise (by + a number ), fall,.... and adverbs like slightly .

Don't forget to learn by heart the simple phrase like: the number of people in employment, productivity as measured by output per worker, the number of people claiming jobless benefits... It will diversify your expression and make your writing more like English style.

Thank you for reading.  Have a nice day, my friends!