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Osborne: Job is not done but our plan is working

Chancellor George Osborne wrote on Twitter following the "fastest fall in unemployment on record":


UK 'within a whisker' of highest-ever employment rate

ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports:

PM hails 'biggest-ever fall in unemployment in history'

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the "biggest-ever fall in unemployment in history".

Cameron wrote on Twitter:


Unemployment falls below 2 million for first time since 2008

Unemployment fell by 154,000 in the quarter to August to 1.97 million, official figures released today showed.

It was the first time unemployment figures had dropped below two million since 2008.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 18,600 to 951,900, the Office for National Statistics said.

Average earnings increased by 0.7% in the year to August - up 0.1% on the previous month.

Workers hiding mental health problems from their boss

Large numbers of workers are hiding their mental health conditions from their employers because they fear it will affect their job, according to a new report.

Workers are hiding their mental health problems from their boss. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Two out of five workers have suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past year and not told their boss, according to the survey of 2,000 adults.

More than a quarter said they had taken a day off sick, explaining it was for a physical rather than mental health problem.

These statistics paint a worrying picture of a culture of silence when it comes to mental health.

Our research shows that there is still much to be done in tackling mental health issues in the workplace. Anxiety, stress and depression can affect anybody and employees need help and support so that they are not left feeling vulnerable and demotivated.

– Andy Briggs, group chief executive of Friends Life
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