NEARLY half a million job-hunters have been taken off benefits and into work in less than six months.
A drive launched in January has broken all records and astounded employers and ministers.
Therese Coffey ordered the ‘Way to Work’ crusade to fill the soaring number of vacancies[/caption]
She set a target of getting 500,000 back in work by the end of June — and is close to pulling it off.
Latest figures put the count at over 485,000 last week.
A record of almost ten per cent of benefit claimants moved into work during April alone.
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It is the latest success in the Government’s “jobs miracle” which has brought unemployment to an almost 50-year low.
PM Boris Johnson hailed the achievement, saying: “It’s fantastic news.”
Ms Coffey said: “Reaching this target will mean half a million more households earning a wage with better prospects for the future.
“New rules require job-ready claimants to broaden their search after a month to include sectors new to them.
“The DWP also worked with employers to streamline recruitment practices.”
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