Damian Hinds has welcomed news that the rate of employment remains at a joint-record high of 74.6%, with the unemployment rate remaining at 4.7%
Significantly, there is also a record number of vacancies, with a total number of 767,000 recorded across the UK.
“The UK economy continues to perform well, underpinning another set of strong employment figures. The number of job vacancies has also increased, demonstrating the opportunity there still is to help more people into work.
“Last week’s New Directions event in Alton for the over 50’s showed the number of older people seeking a new challenge locally, and the range of opportunities on offer for them from employers as well as training and support services.
“Many people over 50 have valuable transferable skills and, with the right support, these can be put to work in a range of different ways. The record number of vacancies shows there is real demand for workers, and we need to make sure we harness all of the skills and talents we have available to us.”