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Employment rate hits record 74.2% in UK

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The employment rate in the UK has hit another record high of 74.2%, and there are more people in work than ever before.

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The employment rate for women is the highest since 1971 at 69.2%. Average wages before bonuses grew 2.1% over the last year and there are around 745,000 vacancies available in the jobs market.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Stephen Crabb said: "These are another record-breaking set of figures, with more people in work than ever before and the unemployment rate is the lowest in a decade at 5.1%.

"More people in work means that more families across the UK are benefiting from the security of a regular wage and the fulfilment that employment brings. But the job is not done, which is why our welfare reforms, such as Universal Credit, are making sure that it always pays to be in work.

Average wages before bonuses up 2.1% compared with last year. The proportion of people who are economically inactive – those not in work or looking for employment – has never been lower at 21.7%.

The claimant count rate remains at the lowest since 1975 at 2.1%. There are 26.2 million people employed in the private sector – 575,000 more than a year earlier.

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