Mark Hoban, the Minister for Employment has told ITV News that, "these are good figures."
He said, "more and more people are in work, if you look at the number of people who have been unemployed for six months or longer - that number has fallen by 62,000."
More top news
A body has been found in Ireland in the search for one of the so-called Disappeared, 23-year-old Brendan Megraw killed in 1978.
The position, posted on the British Monarchy website, pays £16,000 a year for 20 hours a week.
The parents of missing 15-year-old Bristol schoolgirl who is believed to be heading to Syria have urged her to come home.