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Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing a rise in employment and a fall in overall employment have been welcomed by the government.
The ONS figures revealed that the number of 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training fell by 71,000 in the last quarter, although there was a rise in the number fo people claiming Jobseekers Allowance.
Employment minister Chris Grayling said that while the statistics are welcome, there is still work to be done.
"This is another encouraging set of figures and a very welcome drop in unemployment. It's also good news that employment is going in the right direction with half a million more people in private sector jobs compared to this time last year," he added.
Mr Grayling recently announced the launch of the Work Programme, which is designed to help the long-term unemployed make the transition back into the world of work.
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