Em­ploy­ment is at record lev­els

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OF­FI­CIAL em­ploy­ment fig­ures re­leased on Wed­nes­day show that there are now a record num­ber of peo­ple in work in the South East.

Em­ploy­ment is now at its high­est level since records be­gan in 1971.

The fig­ures, re­leased by the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, show that un­em­ploy­ment na­tion­ally is at 4.3%, the low­est since 1975.

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment Damian Hinds said: “The strength of the econ­omy is help­ing peo­ple of all ages find work, from some­one start­ing their first job af­ter leav­ing ed­u­ca­tion, to those who might be start­ing a new ca­reer later in life.

“There’s great news in the South East where there is a record num­ber of peo­ple in work at 4.606 mil­lion and, at 79.6%, the em­ploy­ment rate is a new record high. At 3.2% the South East’s un­em­ploy­ment has fallen on the year and is 1.1% points be­low the na­tional rate of 4.3%.

“But there is more to do and we will con­tinue to build on our achieve­ments through our em­ploy­ment pro­grammes and the work of Job­cen­tre Plus.”

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