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Last month's unemployment figures showed a fall of 49,000 to 2.5 million, although the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance increased by 10,000 to 1.58 million.
The employment outlook is at its strongest level since before the recession, although many new jobs are part-time or temporary, according to a new study.
Employment firm Manpower said a growing number of firms plan to take on staff in the new year.
A survey of 2,100 employers showed that more are intending to hire workers than make redundancies.
The research was published ahead of new unemployment figures today.
A new service should be launched to help half a million of the country's lowest paid workers improve their skills, according to a new report.
Employment group Working Links said helping low-paid workers better their career prospects should be a Government priority.
The report, published ahead of the latest unemployment figures, called for a new fund to be established to allow groups of local authorities to trial ways of boosting productivity and living standards.
Official unemployment figures are expected to show the number of people out of work falling, with many new jobs now part-time or temporary.