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Number of people out of work falls by 161,000 to 2.16m

The number of people out of work fell by 161,000 between February and April to 2.16 million, official figures by the ONS showed today.

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Esther McVey: Businesses 'feeling more confident'

Employment minister Esther McVey has welcomed the latest figures on employment by the Office for National Statistics:

As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident about creating jobs

Many thousands more people are in work every day - ensuring a better future for them, their families, and for the country as a whole.

– Esther McVey

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