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Unemployment remains at 7.8%

Unemployment remained at 7.8% between April and June, official figures showed, despite the number of jobless falling by 4,000 to 2.51m. The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month also fell by 29,200 to 1.4m.

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Unemployment figures 'paint a positive picture'

Today's figures show a record high employment level, with more women in work than ever before.

This growth has been driven by a rise in permanent, private sector jobs, which suggests businesses are feeling positive about the future.

– Pensions Minister Steve Webb

With 29,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance compared to this time last month, and more people in work than ever before, today's figures paint a positive picture of the UK labour market.

There are now more jobs available than at any time since the end of 2008, and more hours being worked than ever before - which shows that there are opportunities out there for people who want to work and get on in life.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban

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