Unemployment Figures Give Another Boost to Tory Party.

Tory Employment Minister McVey says there's a record amount of women in work

UNEMPLOYMENT figures have provided another boost for the Conservatives today. The latest figures show that nearly a million more people are in work compared to a year ago and that the employment rate has never been higher.

The employment rate rose to 73.1% which is equal to the record high in 2005. There are now 30.6 million people in work, 1.8 million more than in 2010. The number of women in work also reached a new record of 14.2 million. The female employment rate now stands at 68.1%.

Unemployment also saw the biggest annual fall for nearly 2 decades, dropping by 383,000. The unemployment rate fell further to 6.5%, the lowest since the end of 2008. Long-term unemployment is down by 166,000 on the year.

In one of her first interviews since taking office Minister for Employment Esther McVey told TBG - "An important milestone has been reached in our country’s recovery.

"With one of the highest employment rates ever, it’s clear that the government’s long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.

"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.

"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that’s creating growth and jobs."