Unemployment fall 'highlights resilience of labour market'

The fall in the unemployment rate again shows positive signs, especially as the number of people in full time work is up. The continued increase in self-employment, while partly a consequence of job losses elsewhere, highlights the remarkable resilience of the labour market at a time when the economy remains fragile.

These people, with the right support, will be the job creators of the future. With only a month to go until the Budget, we need to see the Government take concrete steps to support enterprise and recognise the critical social and economic role played by small firms in the labour market.

– John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

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Unemployment falls to 2.5m

Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed.