UK unemployment falls, confirms ONS

An increasing number of people are landing jobs in the UK as statistics confirm that unemployment has registered its first fall since last spring, reports bbc.co.uk.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), unemployment fell by 35,000 over the December-to-February period, edging the unemployment rate down from 8.4 per cent to 8.3 per cent – the lowest level since the summer of last year.

The latest report also highlighted that youth unemployment took a fall, with the number of unemployed 16-24 year-olds falling to a mere 1.03 million. 

Furthermore, according to huffingtonpost.co.uk, average earnings increased by 1.1 per cent in the year to February.

It appears that businesses seem to be clawing their way back from recession into prosperity, with an increasing number of jobs in London, Birmingham, Manchester and all across the UK seemingly snapped up by jobseekers.

Employment minister Chris Grayling praised the number of people coming back into work, saying the UK is taking “positive steps, but we’ve still got a long way to go”.

He added: “One of the things we are seeing is more people coming back into the workplace. Clearly I want to see more full-time, long term careers. Of course, more full time jobs, more people in employment.”

by Ashley Curtis on April 18, 2012

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