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  1. Published on: 18/12/2013 02:51 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Employment hit a new record high this month with over 30 million people in jobs for the first time, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

    The number of people working increased by 250,000 over the last three months, up 1,244,000 since February to April 2010, with the majority of the increase being full-time, permanent jobs in the private sector. Employment increased in Scotland and Wales and in every region in England.

    The figures also show that unemployment fell by 99,000 in the last three months, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.4%, the lowest since 2009.

    Employment Minister Esther McVey pictured below said:



    “It is really encouraging that we now have a record-breaking 30 million people in work, and more people in the North West are finding jobs. It's also welcome to see unemployment in the region falling by 29,000 this quarter, and while there's still more to do the Government’s long-term economic plan is helping people move off benefits and into work.

    “It’s also thanks to British businesses in the North West and across the country who are feeling increasingly more confident about taking on workers. This is a great sign that the economy is growing.”

    Today’s figures also show:
    • Youth unemployment fell 19,000 over the last three months to 941,000.
    • Youth unemployment for those not in full-time education fell 25,000 over the last three months to 643,000.
    • Long-term (1 year plus) unemployment fell 33,000 over the last three months to 866,000 and it is down 38,000 on the year.
    • The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 36,700 this month - the 13th consecutive fall. The number of young people claiming JSA fell for 18th month running
    Background to labour market statistics: December 2013

    This month's Labour Force Survey covers August to October 2013. The claimant count is for November 2013 and the vacancy count for September to November 2013.

    The number of people in work rose this quarter
    • 30.09 million people were in work in August to October 2013.
    • The employment level rose 250 thousand on the previous quarter and 485 thousand on the year.
    • The employment rate is 72.0%, up 0.4 points on the quarter and up 0.8 points on the year.
    ILO unemployment fell this quarter
    • 2.39 million people were ILO unemployed in August to October 2013, down 99 thousand on the previous quarter and 121 thousand on the year.
    • The ILO unemployment rate is 7.4%, down 0.3 points on the quarter and down 0.5 points on the year.
    The level of economic inactivity is down on the quarter and on the year
    • The economic inactivity level was 8.92 million in August to October 2013, down 45 thousand on the previous quarter and 156 thousand on the year.
    • The economic inactivity rate is 22.1%, down 0.1 points on the quarter and down 0.4 points on the year.
    • Excluding students, inactivity as a share of the 16-64 population is 16.5%, unchanged on the quarter and down 0.6 points on the year.
    The number of people on JSA fell this month, and the number claiming one of the other main out-of-work benefits is also improving
    • Claimant unemployment was 1,269 thousand in November 2013, down 36.7 thousand on the month and down 299.3 thousand on the year.
    • The claimant count rate is 3.8%, down 0.1 points on the month and down 0.9 points on the year.
    • The figures continue to be affected by welfare reform, including re-assessment of existing claims for incapacity benefits and equalisation of the state pension age.
    • In the year to May 2013, the number claiming incapacity benefits fell 71,600 to 2.46 million. The most recent provisional figure for October 2013 suggests the caseload is at about the same level.
    • In the year to May 2013, the number of lone parents on income support fell 77,400 to 500,000. The provisional figure for October 2013 is 490,000.
    The number of redundancies fell and unfilled vacancies rose on the quarter
    • There were 120 thousand redundancies in August to October 2013, down 1 thousand on the previous quarter and 27 thousand on the year.
    • ONS' vacancy survey estimates an average of 562 thousand unfilled vacancies in the three months to November 2013, up 22 thousand on the previous quarter and 73 thousand on the year.
    Total weekly pay in October 2013 was up by 0.9% over the year
    • Growth in regular weekly pay, excluding bonuses, was up by 0.8% on the year.

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  3. The Edge says:18/12/2013 03:04 PM
    I didnt read any of that but she looks well tasty!

  4. Waterboy says:18/12/2013 03:17 PM
    Side boob!

  5. stephen1966 says:18/12/2013 05:05 PM
    She's got a good career in front of her

  6. mattee1970 says:18/12/2013 05:23 PM
    OMG ! Fantastic Boobies ! What was she thinking allowing that photo to be seen by the public if she wasn't trying to promote her lovely breasts ? Isn't that a bit wrong ? I've saved the photo to my desktop anyway ! :-D I have no idea what the report was about ? 30 million what ? ahh never mind Im just happy I've seen that photo.

  7. mattee1970 says:18/12/2013 05:24 PM
    Ok.. I've had a read of the report now and all I can say is fantastic boobies.

  8. Ceam says:18/12/2013 07:10 PM
    Oddly I think we may all have a roving-eye tonight :-)

  9. Beau Nidle says:18/12/2013 07:14 PM
    I want a nice steady job like those Scouse Christmas tree erectors in Bethlehem,Jerusalem wherever they are.

  10. JohnBoy says:18/12/2013 07:54 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The Edge View Post
    I didnt read any of that but she looks well tasty!
    Read ?? Read what ??????

  11. steve says:18/12/2013 08:28 PM
    Got my vote for them

  12. Uzi 9mm says:18/12/2013 09:18 PM
    I love the drop of the curtains in the background

  13. Mr. Brightside says:18/12/2013 09:20 PM
    Yeah she looks nice so never mind the fact that millions of people in work still have to claim benefits because their wages aren't enough to live on. The taxpayer is funding the profits of their employers.
    And let's not forget her comments in parliament today:
    "In the UK it is right that more people are going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them"
    No mention that this government has already borrowed more than the Labour government did.
    So nice of the Conservative MPs to laugh, smirk, and jeer during a debate on use of food banks, not to mention Ian Duncan Smith sneaking out midway through it.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...Lt8UhE.twitter

  14. Cary OK says:18/12/2013 09:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by mattee1970 View Post
    fantastic boobies.
    That's one unfortunate way of describing the government's record. Of course, Ed Balls would have cocked up far more.

  15. silver fox says:18/12/2013 09:31 PM
    Distraction politics, nice pair, but nothing to do with the report, all sounds like good news until you read, these improvements are decimal points of percentages in other words very little, I wonder how many of these amazing "new" jobs are zero hour, short time, fixed term non jobs in the permanent sense, or even those who have fallen foul of the likes of A4E and are now non claimants.

  16. DoubleTrouble says:18/12/2013 09:57 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brightside View Post
    Yeah she looks nice so never mind the fact that millions of people in work still have to claim benefits because their wages aren't enough to live on. The taxpayer is funding the profits of their employers.
    And let's not forget her comments in parliament today:
    "In the UK it is right that more people are going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them"
    No mention that this government has already borrowed more than the Labour government did.
    So nice of the Conservative MPs to laugh, smirk, and jeer during a debate on use of food banks, not to mention Ian Duncan Smith sneaking out midway through it.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...Lt8UhE.twitter
    You cannot simply switch off government borrowing from year to year as commitments are made by the previous years budgets and this can be seen clearly looking at the history of budget deficits, non more than the current government having to recover the record deficits under the last government (69b in 2008 and 156b in 2009) having slowly increased it from 2002. Fine jumping ship having presided over the increased spending and inadequate management of the city leading to the financial crisis. Personally, i would prefer to work part time with the ability to be paid for the hours i work with overtime on multiple jobs than not be working at all.

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