Press release

Nick Clegg responds to labour market statistics: January 2015

The Deputy Prime Minister has made a statement on employment figures released today that show an increase in the number of people in work.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The latest​ ​employment​ ​figures show that the number of people in work rose​ 37,000 this quarter and by​ 512,000 on the year, bringing total employment to a new record of 30.8​ million​.

The unemployment rate has fallen below 6% for the first time since 2008, down 1.3%​ ​percentage points​ ​on the year to 5.8%. There are now 1.91​ ​million​ ​people unemployed.

The female employment rate is also at a​ ​new record high – reaching 68.2%, and there are a record 14.4​ million​ women in work.

Job vacancies have risen by 127,000 to hit a 14-year record high. There are around 700,000 job opportunities across the country​. ​Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that regular pay was up 1.8% and private sector pay was up 2.2%​.​

The Deputy Prime Minister​ Nick Clegg ​said:

Today’s job figures are further proof that the economy is growing stronger. With a new record of 30.8 million people in jobs; more women in work than ever before; wages rising; and prices low due to inflation, it is encouraging to see the recovery is helping hardworking families up and down the country.

The coalition government is building a stronger economy – shifting away from an over-reliance on the city of London and creating thousands of jobs for people across Britain.

Published 21 January 2015