Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008.
Figures show that the number of jobless people has dropped by 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months to February, the lowest for almost seven years.
The UK’S unemployment rate is now 5.6 per cent, a fall of 1.3 per cent since a year ago.
The ONS also reported that 107,000 people were made redundant over the latest three months, little changed on the end of last year but more than 200,000 fewer than the record peak of 311,000 in 2009.
Other data from the ONS showed that more than 31 million people were in work after an increase of more than half a million in the past year, the biggest total since records began in 1971.