UK jobs: There's a new record number of women in work

It's been revealed that there are now more women in work than ever before – and Britain's unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1974.

The number of women in work is at a record high of 15.42 million – over 1.79 million more women in work than in 2010.

The new independent figures show the fundamentals of the British economy remain robust with Conservatives.

We're helping people into work by reforming welfare so work always pays, while backing businesses to create more, better paying jobs across the whole country through our careful economic management and modern Industrial Strategy.

With the unemployment rate falling to 3.8 per cent, more people have the economic independence that a job brings and can reach their full potential. 

These might just seem like numbers, but behind every bit of good employment news is a person whose self-esteem, mental wellbeing, economic circumstances and life chances are all vastly improved by being in the workplace.

Here are the top 8 stats you need to know:

1. Wages: Average weekly earnings for employees increased by 3.3 per cent compared with a year earlier.
 
2. Employment: 32.70 million (up 354,000 over the last year and up by 3.65 million since 2010).
 
3. Employment rate: 76.1 per cent (up 0.5 points over the past year and up 5.8 points since 2010).
 
4. Unemployment: 1.30 million (down 119,000 over the past year and down by 1.21 million since 2010).
 
5. Unemployment rate: 3.8 per cent (down 0.4 points over the past year and down 4.1 points since 2010) – the lowest rate since 1974 and halving since 2010 (8.0 per cent).
  
6. Youth unemployment: There are 472,000 fewer young people out of work since 2010 – halving since 2010.
 
7. Disabled people: There are almost 1 million (947,000) more disabled people in work since 2014, as we are breaking down the barriers to employment facing disabled people.
 
8. Ethnic minority employment: 3.9 million (up 1.2 million since 2010).