The Tory MP stated the employment stats were “historically extraordinarily good” highlighting the opportunities for working people.
There are 31.84 million people in work, 312,000 more than last year, bringing the employment rate to 74.6 per cent – its highest level since records began in 1971, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The MP for Ashford said: “We’ve had these figures today that are not just good, they’re historically extraordinarily good. This is the lowest unemployment since the mid 1970s.
Damian Green said latest jobs figures were "historically extraordinarily good"
Even with the inevitable turbulence that happened after the referendum last year, there are jobs out there
“I think the most signifiant figure, which the economists will want to look at, is that we’ve got the highest level of vacancies ever. That’s something new.
“Even with the inevitable turbulence that happened after the referendum last year, there are jobs out there.”
He added everybody wanted to see real wages rise above inflation, which was particularly important at the lower end of the pay scale.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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ONS stats show the unemployment rate is just 4.7 per cent – the lowest level since 1975 – with 1.56 million jobless people in the three months to February, 141,000 fewer compared to the same period last year.
At the same time, wages are 2.3 per cent higher including bonuses, and 2.2 per cent excluding them, compared to last year.
Economists have been worried that wages could fall, meaning lower consumer spending and a hit to the economy.