Records Number of People Now in Work

The number of people with a job topped 30.94million in January, with an increase of 143,000 new workers in the three previous months.
 

 

 

A massive recruitment drive means a record number of people are now in work according to the latest national figures.
 

The number of people with a job topped 30.94million in January, with an increase of 143,000 new workers in the three previous months.
Wage rates are also rising six times faster than inflation.
 
At the same time, unemployment is now at a seven-year low – and the number of people collecting Jobseeker’s Allowance fell to 791,200 according to the Office for National Statistics.
 
Conservative Leader David Cameron welcomed the figures. He said: “The highest employment rate in our history is not a dry fact; it means more people with the security of a pay packet and a brighter future.”
 
Chancellor George Osborne added: “…ONS figures record yet another economic milestone – confirming a new record-high employment rate alongside a claimant count that has not been lower since 1975.
 
‘This good news is further proof that the Government’s long-term economic plan is working and that British families are seeing the results, with regular wages rising more than five times faster than prices.
 
‘But in an uncertain world economy, all of this progress will be at risk of collapsing back into chaos unless we carry on working through the plan that is delivering stability and rising living standards.”
 
The number of women in part-time work soared by 157,000, which means there are now 6.15million women in jobs that aren’t full-time.
The figures are three times higher than the number of men in part-time work.

Posted: Mon 13 Apr 2015
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