Unemployment drops by 121,000 to 2.12 million

Unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million between March and May, official figures published by the ONS showed today. Figures also revealed that overall pay - including bonuses - climbed by just 0.3% compared with the three months to May in 2013, which is the lowest increase since the financial crisis in 2009.

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Employment figures show record number in work

The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.

Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.

There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.

More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.

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