Unemployment hits new low

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Unemployment hit a 25-year-low of 975,800 in April, giving Labour's election campaign a major boost.

Unemployment has hit a 25-year-low of 975,800 in April, giving Labour's election campaign a major boost.

The total fell by 10,200 last month, the lowest level since November 1975. ILO unemployment, which counts people not eligible for benefit, also fell by 64,000 between January and March to 1,500,000, a jobless rate of 5.1%, the lowest on record.

In total there were 28.1 million people in work between January and March, the highest figure since records began in 1984.

In another set of figures released today, average earnings growth in the three months to March fell slightly to 5.1 per cent on the year, down by 0.1 per cent from February.

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