According to the Office for National Statistics, the employment rate is at a joint record high of 74.8%, with 31.95 million people now in work – an increase of 372,000 on the year.
This rise has been driven by full time work with average weekly earnings up by 2.1% including bonuses. Meanwhile there are 50,000 fewer unemployed people with unemployment remaining at its lowest rate since 1975 at 4.6%.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke 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.
Today’s figures also show:
the female employment rate is at a joint record high of 70.2%, with nearly 15 million women in work
the unemployment rate for 18 to 24 year olds who have left full time education is 10.7% – a joint record low
there are around 770,000 vacancies in the economy at any one time