The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that employment continues to run at a record high rate of 74.5%, with 31.8 million people in work – an increase of almost 2.8 million since 2010.
There are 461,000 more people in work compared to this time last year, and 49,000 more compared to the previous quarter’s figures.The rise in employment continues to be driven by full-time work, which is up by 2 million since 2010. And long-term unemployment is the lowest it has been since 2008.
Average wages including bonuses grew by 2.3% over the last year, as the claimant count remained at 2.3%, close to its lowest rate since 1975.
Employment Minister, Damian Hinds, said:
“Yet again we have a strong set of figures, with employment continuing to run at a record high and unemployment falling to a 11-year low.
“Growth is being fuelled by full-time professional jobs while wages are continuing to perform strongly, which underlines the resilience of the UK labour market.
“The measures we have taken have put our economy in a position of strength, and we will work to ensure more people can benefit from these opportunities as we build a country that works for everyone.”
The figures also show:
- Youth unemployment is down by almost 350,000 since 2010
- The number of disabled people in work has increased by 590,000 in the past 3 years
- Women in work at joint record high of 69.8%
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