Today's figures are a step in the right direction but we still have a long way to go.
We are pushing ahead with our strategy to promote investment and new jobs in the private sector and support people currently without work to take up those jobs.
I am particularly encouraged that overall employment is now growing despite reductions in the public sector.
There are still economic challenges ahead and the Government is reacting by helping people to find employment through initiatives with the private sector at their heart.
The Government said that in the past month 160,000 incentives of £2,275 had become available to employers who take on young people in the Work Programme as part of the £1 billion Youth Contract.
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