Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs:
Obviously there is no room for complacency - there are still far too many people who are long-term unemployed.
But in these figures we can see 40,000 more people in work, vacancies are up, unemployment is down by 82,000, the claimant count is down.
Over a million extra private sector jobs under this Government.
He said there was clearly "more to do" through the Government's criticised Work Programme system to deal with "stubbornly high" long-term jobless rates.
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