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The City Tracker maps the city-by-city breakdown of today's Jobseeker's Allowance claimant count and Jobcentre Plus vacancy figures so you can find out if your region has been hit hard by the recession or if it's weathering the storm.
The number of people placed in permanent jobs has fallen for the second month in a row, suggesting that employers are putting recruitment decisions on hold until after the Olympics, according to new research.
A report by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said there was still a "high degree of uncertainty" among employers.
- Official figures have so far defied an apparently worsening double-dip recession as unemployment fell 65,000 to 2.58 million in the quarter to May, prompting many economists to cast doubt over the growth data.
- The rate is expected to remain stable at 8.1 per cent in the quarter to June when the latest figures are released on Wednesday.
Thousands of Jobcentre staff will go on strike today in a long-running row over "oppressive working conditions and unrealistic targets".
More than 6,000 members of, the Public and Commercial Services union in 32 call centres in England, Scotland and Wales will reignite industrial action first taken last year.
They claim that "draconian" conditions are preventing them from providing a decent service.