Unemployment in Britain fell by 51,000 to 2.61 million in the three months to April, official figures show.
The jobless rate fell to 8.2 per cent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
But the claimant count - the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - increased by 8,100 in May compared with April.
The ONS said the unemployment level in the UK overall was "showing some improvement".
Britain's unemployment rate was lower than the European Union (EU) average of 10.3 per cent. Spain has the highest rate in the EU at 24.3 per cent, while Austria has the lowest at 3.9 per cent.