Employment figures hit record high
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities
UK unemployment down but long-term jobless total soars
The number of people in employment in the UK has reached a record high of 29.78 million, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The figure has grown by 300,000 over the last year, with more than two thirds of the rise credited to UK nationals.
The growth in employment is accompanied by a drop of 4,000 in the number of people classed as unemployed over the last three months. The level is now 49,000 lower than this time last year.
And the figures also show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen for the ninth month in a row – and is now at its lowest level since February 2009.
Today’s statistics also show a continued growth in the number of vacancies, with more than half a million currently available – an increase of 12% over the past year.
Minister for employment Mark Hoban said: "With 29,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to this time last month, and more people in work than ever before, today’s figures paint a positive picture of the UK labour market.
"There are now more jobs available than at any time since the end of 2008, and more hours being worked than ever before – which shows that there are opportunities out there for people who want to work and get on in life."
Minister for pensions Steve Webb added: "Today’s figures show a record high employment level – with more women in work than ever before.
"This growth has been driven by a rise in permanent, private sector jobs, which suggests businesses are feeling positive about the future."