Meanwhile the employment rate slipped 0.2 per cent on the previous quarter, as overall employment numbers fell by 47,000. Vacancies have increased but the claimant count fell slightly.
Today's figures follow a long period of stability for the UK employment market as the growth in employment seen during 2006 levels out.
Employment minister Jim Murphy said that "because of our reforms to the welfare state, more people on benefits have been looking for work and more people are taking up jobs".
"Our welfare reform bill is now in the final stages of its progress through parliament and… will make a real impact on people's lives, helping those who have not been helped before to take up the vacancies which are out there, move off incapacity benefit and help support themselves and their families."
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