Ed Miliband's first question at PMQs is on unemployment figures. He says that although the figures have fallen overall, in the long term they are rising.
David Cameron acknowledges there is a problem but the Government's work programme is helping to tackle that.
The chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses John Walker said the fall in unemployment was good news but more people needed to find full-time work for the economy to recover. He added:
– John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses
Policies targeted at stimulating job creation, such as extending the National Insurance contributions holiday, are needed to give small firms the confidence to create full-time positions and take on staff.
- 29.56 million people aged 16 and over are in employment - up 236,000 on the quarter.
- 2.59 million people are unemployed - down 7,000 on the quarter.
- 9.01 million people aged from 16-64 are economically inactive - down 181,000 on the quarter.
The Office for National Statistics has released the following video on today's employment figures.
- The number of part-time workers increased by 134,000 to reach 8.12 million - the highest since records began in 1992.
- The number of Britons working part-time because they could not find a full-time job hit a record high of 1.42 million.
- Public sector employment fell for the eleventh quarter in a row, by 235,000 to 5.7 million.
London 2012 is thought to have helped drive a further fall in UK employment after another leap in the number of people in work, the Office for National Statistics said.
The number of people in work increased by 236,000 to 29.6 million, which is the largest quarterly rise for two years. The Games was likely to have been a factor behind the jump in employment, with London accounting for 91,000 of the rise.
The Games also accounted for 5,500 of the fall in the jobless claimant count.
Average earnings have increased by 1.5% in the year to July, 0.3% down on the previous month.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 15,000 to 1.57 million, the Office for National Statistics said.
The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 7,000 between May and July to 2.59 million, official figures showed today.