Unemployment falls by 82,000

Unemployment fell by 82,000 between August and October to 2.51 million, official figures showed today.

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Jobs market set for boost

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.

Firms are expected to employ new staff in the new year Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

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.

Low-paid workers 'should be offered skills help'

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.

Low-paid workers should be offered skills help, experts have said Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

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.

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