The number of people out of work continues to fall although the heady pace at which that has happened in recent months is slowing.
Jobseeker who said she took heroin instead of looking for work claims her joke application was signed off by staff, according to report.
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.
Following the news that the unemployment rate was 6.9%, down from 7.1%, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said:
– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
These figures are some of the strongest evidence yet that we are embedding the recovery. We have record numbers in work and unemployment falling at the fastest rate in over a decade.
– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
With earnings now rising in line with prices and employment rising, these figures reinforce the fact that the only way to higher living standards is to take the difficult decisions needed to deliver our long-term economic plan.
Unemployment fell to 7.2% between November and January - down from 7.4% in the previous three months.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 34,600 to 1.17 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to January, 0.2% up on the previous month.
Unemployment fell by 63,000 between November and January to 2.33 million, official figures showed today.
Youth unemployment appears to be falling, but there are over 730,000 more young people out of work or underemployed than in 2005, said the Local Government Association report - published ahead of the latest unemployment figures tomorrow.
– Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board
It is simply unacceptable that we expect a third of young people to be underemployed in 2018 and it would be a travesty if young people were being left behind when the rest of the economy is growing and benefiting from this.
We need to listen to the young people that are telling us that they want more work and not let them fly under the radar because of employment statistics that make us think the situation is improving.
...councils know the reality of what is happening on the ground and our relationships with local people and businesses could be used much more than it is at the moment.
The LGA complained of "complicated" national funding rules in England, which it said left young people leaving school or training with skills that did not match local jobs.
Local authorities said the Youth Contract was underperforming and should be devolved to councils, while the government's flagship Work Programme should be commissioned locally.Around two billion hours of young people's time is being unused, it was claimed.
The Labour jobs guarantee will focus on youth unemployment, the Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions told Daybreak.
Rachel Reeves said the jobs guarantee will force under-25s who have been out of a year into a minimum wage job, but will only do the same for over 25s after two years on jobseekers allowance.
"We know that there are particular problems with youth unemployment. 20% of young people are out of work - much higher than for the population as a whole.
"And for young people what we hear time and again from them and from businesses, is that there is quite a risk - they haven't worked before.
"But that is not quite the same for older people, which is why we are targeting this scheme at younger people."
Labour have "no economic plan" and would put the economy at risk with their jobs guarantee, a treasury minister has said.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid explained:
– Treasury minister Sajid Javid
Labour's sums don't add up. They are proposing yet more unfunded spending, meaning more borrowing and more taxes to pay for it.
And Labour's bank tax is a short-term political gimmick that they want to spend ten times over.
It's the same old Labour. Ed Miliband has no economic plan. Labour would put the recovery at risk, put jobs at risk and hardworking people would pay the price with a less secure future.
- Under-25s living off Jobseeker's Allowance for over a year, would have to chose between a taxpayer-subsidised job for six months or lose their benefits.
- Employment will be provided by firms and voluntary sector groups for 25 hours' every week, for six months and the national minimum wage.
- The Government will pay the wages and employers' National Insurance.
- Another £500 per employee would be supplied towards training - which would be compulsory for participants - and administration costs.
- Labour said only firms that could show they were not using the scheme to replace existing workers or reduce their hours would qualify for funding.
Labour's promise to introduce measures to get the long-term unemployed and under-25s into work would last throughout the next Parliament, the party said.
Ed Miliband's party will promise to fund the package via a tax on bankers' bonuses and high-earners' pensions in its 2015 manifesto.
Last month the party confirmed reports that funding - also including the proceeds of restricting pension tax relief for high earners - was only in place for 2015/16.
Now it says the scheme - estimated on present claimant levels to cost £1.9 billion in its first year and £900 million a year thereafter - is affordable right through to 2020.
Under the scheme, under-25s on Jobseeker's Allowance for more than a year - two years for others - would have to take a taxpayer-subsidised job for six months or risk losing benefits.