The number of people in employment soared by 207,000 to a record 29.2 million between August and September.
This is 120,000 above levels seen in the UK before the Covid pandemic hit in early 2020.
Meanwhile, vacancies reached a new one-month record in September, at nearly 1.2 million, according to new figures from The Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The rate of unemployment fell to 4.5% as the country opened up after lockdown between June and August.
Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said the new figures show the jobs market has ‘continued to recover from the effects of the coronavirus’.
He added: ‘Vacancies also reached a new one-month record in September, at nearly 1.2 million, with our latest estimates suggesting that all industries have at least as many jobs on offer now as before the onset of Covid-19.
‘The latest earnings continue to show growth on the year, even after taking inflation into account.
‘However, the figures are still being affected by special factors that make it hard to read underlying trends.’
Rishi Sunak has described the latest jobs figures as ‘encouraging’.
The chancellor said: ‘As we move to the next stage of our support, it’s encouraging to see our Plan for Jobs working – the number of expected redundancies remained very low in September, there are more employees on payrolls than ever before and the unemployment rate has fallen for eight months in a row.
‘We remain committed to helping people find great work, with an extra £500 million to support hundreds of thousands back into employment and help the lowest paid to progress in their careers.’
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