Employment remains at a record high

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The employment rate has remained at a record high with 31.8 million people in work across Britain.

Recent figures, released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that the current employment rate remains at 74.5 per cent. The number of people in employment has risen by more than 560,000 in the past year.

Figures also show that the unemployment remains the same at 4.9 per cent, down over 850,000 since 2010.

The number of women in work has also remained at a high, with the female employment rate standing at 69.7 per cent. This is just under the recent record high of 69.8 per cent in May to June this year.

The rise in employment continues to be driven by full-time work. Average wages including bonuses grew by 2.3 per cent over the last year.

Damian Hinds, Employment Minister, said, “Once again it’s great news for Britain as the employment rate remains at a record high with more than 31.8 million men and women in work.”

“But there’s more to do, particularly when it comes to supporting young people into employment.”

“We want to build a solid base for the future, that’s why today I have announced the roll out of our Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools scheme in England which will give tens of thousands of young people help in taking their first steps into the world of work.”

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