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Timms: More people in employment than ever


More people are in employment than ever before, the government has claimed.

New employment figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed the highest annual increase in employment figures since records began in 1997.

Stephen Timms, minister for employment and welfare reform, said it was a strong performance considering current global economic conditions.

"More people now than ever are in work, while unemployment continues to fall," he noted.

According to data prepared by the Office for National Statistics, 29.5 million people are in employment and the jobless figure dropped by 90,000 last year.

Interestingly, 7.89 million people aged more than 50 are now in work and a recent increase in their numbers accounted for almost half of the national employment rise.

Mr Timms said they brought "skill and expertise" and Retailer B&Q, which operates without a retirement age policy, has told Saga "older employees stay on not just for the money but because they want to".


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