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UK – Employment growth surpasses international competitors

24 March 2014

The UK's employment rate is increasing at a faster pace than its international competitors in Europe and the United States, according to figures released by the Government, reports The Belfast Telegraph.

An analysis of the latest jobs figures showed that the UK's 72% employment rate is higher than the EU average of 64%. It is also reported to be higher than the US and on a similar level to that in Canada and Japan.

Two-thirds of women are in work, equating to a record 14 million female employees, compared with the EU average of 59%.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "This country has record numbers of people in work and a growing economy. With our employment rate growing faster than countries like Germany and the US, I believe the UK is now the place to be for the opportunity to get a job, work your way up and achieve your dreams.”

"With the number of unemployed young people falling for the last six months and 1,000 more people in private sector jobs every day since 2010, the UK is clearly the country for people who want to work hard and get on," she added.

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