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The level of employment within the UK has reached another record high, according to recent statistics.

Official figures show the employment rate at 74.8 per cent, with 31.95 million people now in work – an increase of 372,000 on the year.

The number of people in work has never been higher since records began in 1971.

This rise has been driven by full time work with average weekly earnings up by 2.1 per cent including bonuses. Meanwhile, there are 50,000 fewer unemployed people with unemployment remaining at its lowest rate since 1975 at 4.6 per cent.

Figures also show that the female employment rate is at a joint record of 70.2 per cent, with nearly 15 million women in work. Unemployment for young people is also at a joint record low, with 10.7 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds who have left full time education being unemployed.

David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said, “This government wants to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live or their background.”

“This is yet another strong set of record-breaking figures with employment up and unemployment down, fuelled by full-time opportunities.”

“This is good news for families as we continue to build a stronger, fairer Britain.”

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