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Number in employment reaches ‘record high’

20 August 2013

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The number of people in employment has reached a record high according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Close to 30 million people are now in employment, a rise of 300,000 over last year, the figures show. 

There has also been a 4,000 drop in the number of people classified as unemployed over the last three months, making the figure 49,000 lower than this time last year. 

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen for the ninth month in a row and is now at the lowest level since February 2009.

The ONS figures show a continued grown in the number of vacancies, with more than half a million currently available, an increase of 12% since last year. 

Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment 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.”

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