- There were 30.54 million people in work for February to April 2014, 345,000 more than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 780,000 more than a year earlier
- There were 2.16 million unemployed people for February to April 2014, 161,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 347,000 fewer than a year earlier
This takes UK employment soaring to a new record high of more than 30.5 million (click chart):
The fall in the number of employed to 2.16 million took the unemployment rate down to a lower than expected 6.6% - that's the lowest level seen in well over half a decade (click chart):
The blinkered "it's not a recovery cos I say so" crowd will - with some justification, it must be said - point out that wages print was a weak one.
It's true real wages have weakened, but the incumbent government seems to be getting something right at least, with Brits getting back to work with a vengeance...