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Comparing the first quarter of 2012 with the fourth quarter of 2011, unemployment was down 45,000, employment up 105,000 and inactivity was down 35,000.
Of the change in employment, full-time employment was down 13,000 and part-time employment was up 118,000.
The number of employees and self-employed people working part-time but who would like a full-time job is now at a record high of 1.42 million.
Comparing the first quarter of 2012 with a year earlier, the number of UK born workers in employment was down 8,000 and the number of non-UK born workers in employment was up 16,000.
Finally, the number of UK nationals in employment over the same period was down 43,000 while the number of non-UK nationals in employment was up 49,000.
Source: Office for National Statistics
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