Today’s figures also show that groups across society are accessing new job opportunities:
nearly 500,000 more people from a black and minority ethnic background (BAME) have started working since 2015
the gender employment rate gap is at a near-record low, just 8.9%
every region across the UK has seen employment increase since 2010
youth unemployment has fallen by over 40% since 2010
there are a record breaking number of workers aged 50 plus in work, reaching 10 million
Minister for Employment Alok Sharma said:
High employment rates are a reliable feature of today’s 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.
Today’s 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.