The number of people out of work and on benefits fell by 21,200 in June, but the number of long-term unemployed has reached a 17-year high.
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The number of people in work has reached a record high of almost 30 million, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 0.7% in the year to September, 0.1% down on the previous month.
Unemployment fell by 48,000 between July and September to 2.47 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 41,700 to 1.31 million, the Office for National Statistics said.
Unemployment in the Eurozone has reached a record high of 12.2 per cent.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 41,700 to 1.35 million, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed.
The number of people in work has reached an all-time record high of almost 30 million, official figures showed today.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed unemployment fell by 18,000 between June and August to 2.49 million.
A "staggering" 5.5 million workers could be on zero hours contracts, according to a study of 5,000 members of the Unite union.
A study found more than one in five Unite members were on zero hours contracts - five times higher than prior estimates - with half of respondents in the 16-30 category.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said the research suggests a "growing sub class" of insecure, low paid employment, with only one in seven wanting to remain on the contracts.
The results of the study by social survey company Mass1 came as employment rights will be debated on the first day of the TUC congress in Bournemouth today.
The Government has hit back at TUC claims that the UK remains in a job crisis, with a true scale of unemployment that far exceeds the official figures.
– Minister for Employment Mark Hoban
Once again the unions are showing just how out of touch they are.
Rather than welcoming the fact that employment is at a record high and the number of people claiming out of work benefits has fallen, they are determined to talk down both the economy and perhaps worse - the people who have actually worked hard to find themselves a job.
This is nothing but a cynical ploy from Labour's trade unions. The economy is growing and jobs are being created and they can't bear to welcome that.
The TUC has said the UK is "still in the midst of a job crisis" despite unemployment falling in recent months.
– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady
The true scale of unemployment is far bigger than official figures suggest, as nearly five million people say they want work today.
With a further 1.4 million people only able to find part-time work, despite needing a full-time job to get by, it's clear that our labour market remains far from full healthy.
Mr O'Grady said it was important that official figures "better reflect the true nature of the jobs market".
The TUC Congress opens in Bournemouth today with a warning that unemployment could be as high as 4.75 million.
A TUC report published ahead of the south coast meeting said wider measures of joblessness should be incorporated into the total, including the economically inactive.
As well as the 2.5 million official jobless figure, a further 2.26 million people want a job but are not classified as unemployed, the TUC said.
According to the CBI's latest outlook, the British economy will slowly improve over the next year:
- Household spending in the second half of 2013 will slowly strengthen, and continue to do so through the following year.
- Better spending power will coincide with a fall in inflation, a rise in disposable income and a stable labour market.
- However, unemployment is likely to remain high over the medium term, falling from 7.8 percent in 2013 to 7.6 percent in 2014 as the number of hours worked increases.
- Business investment will fall by 2.8 percent this year but grow by 7.3 percent in 2014.