Unemployment at lowest level in 12 years

Damian has welcomed the news that the rate of unemployment - at 4.7% - has fallen to its lowest level since 2005.

Also, the proportion of 16-24 year olds who have left full time education and are unemployed is 5.1%, which is a record low.

Damian said:

“I’m delighted by another set of record-breaking figures showing more people in work than ever before and unemployment falling to its lowest in 12 years.

“Long-term unemployment is also at its lowest level since before the 2008 recession - with more than 760,000 vacancies at any one time - so the economy continues to strengthen and show resilience.

“Employment is up, wages are up and there are more people working full time. This is good news for people right across the UK, but we have more to do in terms of welfare reforms and ensuring that it always pays to be in work.”