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31 million people at work in UK
17 Apr 2015 09:09
UK unemployment has continued to fall and a record 31 million people are in work, the last jobless figures before the general election have shown.
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The UK jobless total fell by 76,000 to 1.84 million in the quarter to February, the lowest for almost seven years.
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The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 20,700 in March to 772,400, the 29th consecutive monthly cut.
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Other data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that more than 31 million people were in work after an increase of more than half a million in the past year, the biggest total since records began in 1971.
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The UK's unemployment rate is now 5.6%, a fall of 1.3% since a year ago. The rate was 7.9% in May 2010, when the last general election was held.
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Around 1.3 million people were in part-time jobs when they wanted full-time work, up by 29,000 in the latest quarter, while self-employment was little changed at 4.5 million.
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