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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