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Latest employment figures described as best in history

Published: Thursday, 13 December 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Prime minister Gordon Brown has described the latest employment figures as the "best in history" after it was reported that record numbers of people are employed in the UK.

Research by the Office for National Statistics said the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen by 11,100 to its lowest level since 1975.

Employment Minister Caroline Flint said: "Work is the best route out of poverty. A decade ago, too many people were being written off, their talents were wasted and skills ignored. Now these people are among the record numbers in work, contributing to the economy and supporting their families."

The total number of jobs in the UK has also reached a record high of 31 million.

The Office for National Statistics is a government department that collects and publishes statistics about the UK's economy and society.

It carries out the ten-yearly census and claims to be vital to an open and democratic society.

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