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UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS BY 13,600: 'BRITAIN BUCKS THE TREND'

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Commenting on the labour market statistics published today, Employment Secretary, David Hunt, said: 'Today's fall ...
Commenting on the labour market statistics published today, Employment Secretary, David Hunt, said: 'Today's fall of 13,600 in the number of people unemployed more than makes up for the small rises in the two previous months. This means unemployment has now fallen by 84,000 so far this year. This is very good news.'

'Britain is bucking the trend. While unemployment continues to rise generally across Europe, unemployment is falling in the United Kingdom and is now below the EC average.

'Activity continues to pick up widely across the labour market. In September more new vacancies were notified to Jobcentres, more people left unemployment and fewer people became unemployed. Unemployment fell amongst both men and women and in every region.

'This welcome news confirms the underlying strength of theUK economy. Inflation is under control, earnings growth continues to moderate, productivity is at record levels. The UK's flexible, deregulated labour market is now bringing unemployment down.'
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