Minister for Employment Alok Sharma said:
High employment rates are a reliable feature of the economy – and this is an incredible achievement. It is equally important that across society everyone has the opportunity to get a good job and get on in life.
The figures show that this government is building a fairer economy that supports people from all backgrounds to get into work. We are closing the BAME and gender employment gaps, and people across the country are accessing new opportunities.
Separate figures out showed that 730,000 people are now on Universal Credit. Of these, 40% were in employment (290,000).
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