Employment rises as number of people in part-time work reaches an all time high

New figures show that the number of people in work has increased by 80,000 over the three months leading up to July.

As a result, unemployment figures are also down with just 2.49 million people without work, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Part-time work is increasingly on the rise, as express.co.uk reports that 1.45 million are now working part-time, with 25,000 new roles filled during the three month period.

Those looking for jobs in London and the South East are the most likely to find employment, with 76 per cent of the region in work. The North East region has the least amount of people in work, with employment figures at just 67.2 per cent, reports financial-news.co.uk.

The employment rise is being led by the private sector, which has seen employment rise by 114,000 people. In comparison, public sector employment has seen a fall, dropping by 34,000.

Chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), David Kern, said that the figures are further proof that the private sector is able to continue driving the economic recovery.

According to the ONS, the unemployment rate has fallen from 7.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent in the UK.

by Laura Varley on September 13, 2013

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