The number of people in work around the UK has reached record levels, with employment still growing steadily and unemployment falling on both measures.
New labour market figures show that a record 27.92 million people are in work, a rise of 63,000 over the last three months and 224,000 in the past year.
Minister for Work Des Brown hailed the improvements, claiming the UK now has one of the highest number of employed people in the world.
The ILO measure of unemployment fell by 42,000 this quarter, to 1.46 million, while the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants fell by 8,800 between June and July, bringing the total number of claimant unemployed to 939,000.
The underlying trend in unemployment remains close to flat - the claimant unemployment rate, at 3.1 per cent, has been unchanged for more than a year and a half.