The CBI commented on the latest official labour market data, showing that employment rose by 105,000 in the three months to March, and that unemployment fell by 45,000 on the previous quarter.
Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:
“The fall in the official unemployment data for a second month running is good news, especially given the troubling economic outlook, and shows employers are feeling more confident about hiring.
“While it is encouraging that people are finding work, the increase in long-term unemployment is a concern. These figures emphasise the need to ensure that the work programme delivers and stops people drifting into inactivity.
“It’s especially good to see a fall in the number of young people out of work, as youth unemployment has been stubbornly high for some time.”
Source: Confederation of British Industry (CBI)