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.
More top news
David Cameron will say the Tories are the party of the "grafters, roofers, retailers and plumbers" as he set out plans to help small firms
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will say his party are fighting '60 Eastleighs' on the campaign trail in the Hampshire constituency today.
The late Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has been nominated for a British Soap Award.