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Unemployment rate at its lowest since 2008

FALLING: UK unemployment has reached its lowest rate since October - December 2008

BRITAIN’S UNEMPLOYMENT rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2008, new figures show.

The number of people out of work fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million between March and May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is the lowest level in almost six years, ONS said.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the figures are proof that the government's economic plan is working.

"Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our long-term economic plan."

Additionally, more than 4.5 million people are now self-employed, the highest since records began in 1992, an increase of 404,000 over the past year.

Though unemployment on a whole has fallen, black people are being left behind in the Britain’s economic recovery.

In previous ONS figures by for March 2014, there was a 4.5 per cent rise in the number of black African and Caribbean people who were out of work.

It also revealed a dire situation for black women who are facing a 17.3 per cent rise in unemployment.

Campaigning group Voice 4 Change England (V4CE) branded the statistics “appalling” and condemned the government’s silence on the issue.

Director Kunle Olulode said it showed that “Britain is becoming even more unequal” and called on George Osborne to “take immediate action to address institutional racism in the labour market.”

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