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The lastest employment figures show a drop for the first time since last May. The drop of 0.1% is equivalent to 35,000 people according to the Office for National Statistics.
The figures also show a rise in the number of part-time workers, something that has been welcomed by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
Chief Executive Kevin Green commented “The increase in people working part-time is a good thing. Most people working part-time are doing so out of choice. For those seeking full-time work the alternative to taking a part-time role is to be unemployed and on benefits, not contributing to the economy and not keeping their skills fresh. Taking on a part-time job can be a stepping stone to landing the full-time position they want......we believe this is going to be a continuing trend in the UK labour market"
Increase in part-time working is good news, says REC
Unemployment Rate Creeps Down
UK unemployment falls by 35,000 to 2.65m, ONS reports