Official figures released today (24 January 2018) show that the employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.3%, with a record 32.2 million people in work.
This is a rise of 415,000 compared to last year’s figures. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975.
The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:
We had a record-breaking 2017 for employment, and I’m delighted to see this trend continue as we enter the new year.
The number of people in work is at an all-time high and the unemployment rate has not been this low for over 40 years.
At this time of year, straight after Christmas, people might be feeling a squeeze on their finances. We’re determined to help people keep more of what they earn.
That’s why we’ve increased the National Living Wage, introduced Universal Credit to offer greater flexibility and taken millions of people out of income tax altogether by raising the tax-free personal allowance.