Record number of people in work

New
figures show that the job market remains strong, with a record 27.9 million
people in work in the UK.

The
latest labour market statistics show that there are 100,000 more people in work
than three months ago and 250,000 more than this time last year.

The
number of people out of work and claiming benefit rose by 1,700 this month, but
the rate remained unchanged at 3.1 per cent for the 18th consecutive month.

Minister
for Work Des Browne said: "We have been successful in reducing long-term
unemployment to historically low levels. But there are still 4 million adults
claiming other benefits. Many would like to return to work; my aim is to
provide the right mix of help and support that allows them to realise their
ambitions."

The
number of people in work has risen by more than 1.5 million in the last six
years, and unemployment has fallen by more than 500,000.

By Quentin Reade

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