Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.
Central Tonight took a straw poll on the economy today from the people who really know how British business is doing - the white-van man.
It coincided with the launch of a vehicle from one of the country's smallest and newest motor firms.
So we thought we'd ask the small one-man band operations who drive the UK economy if we're still in trouble. Here's our Business Correspondent, Mark Gough.
That great British barometer of the economy - white van man and woman - gave their verdict on the state of UK business today.Read the full story ›
Leicestershire County Council is lending £10 million to a bank to help them provide affordable mortgages.Read the full story ›
Erin Huckle from Experience Nottingham says a revitalised Nottingham Castle will mean tourists will stay for longer in the city.
The double dip recession is deepening and the current forecast is for zero growth in 2012. but how is the Midlands faring?Read the full story ›
Shopkeepers in the East Midlands are reporting a drop in sales as people stay at home to watch the Olympics.
It comes despite many predictions that the Games would create a "feelgood" spending spree.
Some traders say the streets have been virtually empty when the top British athletes have been in action.
Traders in Mapperley in Nottinghamshire say the streets have been virtually empty when top British athletes have been in action. It comes despite many predictions that the Games would create a retail boom.
Shopkeepers are reporting a drop in sales saying people are staying indoors to watch the OlympicsRead the full story ›
Cut-price retailer Poundland has posted a 27% increase in annual profits.Read the full story ›