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The four charts that show how vital EU migrants are to the UK workforce

Three out of four of the 448,000 new jobs created in the last year went to EU migrants

Matt Dathan
Online political reporter
Thursday 12 November 2015 12:30 GMT
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EU migrants are making up an increasing proportion of the UK workforce
EU migrants are making up an increasing proportion of the UK workforce (PA)

The number people in work in the UK is at an all-time high, as George Osborne and other government ministers like to regularly point out.

The latest official figures showed a total of 31.21 million people in work, which meant the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.

This boosts government coffers as more people are paying income tax and less people are claiming unemployment benefit - leading Mr Osborne and David Cameron to boast how their "long-term economic plan" is working.

But who is really responsibile for this boost to our workforce?

Digging a bit deeper into the latest labour market stats, released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday, it soon becomes obvious that the main factor behind the on-going rise in the workforce is the European Union.

But the proportion of EU migrants in our workforce is rapidly increasing.

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