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Employment rate at a record high

March 18, 2015 9:30 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Figures released today (Wednesday 18 March) by the Office for National Statistics show that the rate of employment is at a record high.

The employment rate now stands at 73.3 per cent. The highest level since records began.

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In the three months to January the number of people in work increased by 143,000, bringing the total number of people in work to 30.94m.

In the same period, the number of unemployed people fell 102,000. The rate of unemployment stands at 5.7 per cent.

Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

"Today's employment figures are an historic moment.

"With almost three quarters of working age people now in work, we have achieved the highest rate of employment in the UK since records began.

"This is a sign that the long term decisions the Liberal Democrats have taken in government have created a more resilient economy.

"But we have also created a fairer economy with everyone sharing in the fruits of our recovery: more people, especially women, in full-time jobs and more young people in work.

"Everyone now has the opportunity to get on in life and achieve their full potential"