Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: "It's a real landmark to see more people in work than ever before. The private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work with 170,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits than in May.
The big fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, but we know this remains a challenge, which is why we have the 1 billion Youth Contract offering nearly 500,000 work experience places, apprenticeships and wage incentives to help young people get a job.
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