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Unemployment falls by 99,000 to 2.39m

Unemployment fell by 99,000 between August and October to 2.39 million, official figures showed today.

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Employment figures 'great sign economy is growing'

The latest employment figures are a "great sign" the economy is growing, a Government minister has said.

Unemployment fell by almost 100,000 and the number of people in work topped 30 million for the first time on record, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Employment Minister Esther McVey has hailed the 'encouraging' employment news Credit: PA Wire

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "It is really encouraging news that the number of people in jobs has increased by a quarter of a million in the last three months, bringing the total number of people in work to a record-breaking 30 million.

"Together with a big fall in unemployment, this shows that the Government's long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work is proving successful.

"It's also thanks to British businesses up and down the country who are feeling increasingly confident about taking on workers. This is a great sign that the economy is growing."

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