Any fall must be welcome but progress is still painfully slow for the 2.49 million people still desperately looking for a job.
The number of high street names going into liquidation shows there is no room for complacency. And only yesterday the Government announced more than 5,000 cuts to Army personnel.
We know that many thousands of public sector workers' jobs are under threat as council budget cuts mean that elderly care centres, nurseries, swimming pools and other valued services face the axe.
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There will be a mixture of sunny spells and showery rain this afternoon, with highs of 16C in the south of England.
CCTV footage has emerged of a violent attack where a blind man was pushed onto the tracks at Chelmsford station
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