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article 16 July 2014 UK
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Employment up - but so are prices, as wage growth slows

UK employment is on the rise - but so are prices. And the growth of wages is continuing to slow. Are we in the middle of a massive #payfail? Here's the three things you need to know.

post 26 June 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog What do Richard Gere and Iain Duncan Smith have in common?

Writing about Universal Credit is a bit like writing about a celebrity marriage. You know it's in trouble , you just don't know how much or exactly why.

article 19 June 2014 UK
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Ed Miliband sets out plans to cut benefits for young jobless

Unemployed youngsters should be stripped of out-of-work benefits unless they agree to training in vital skills, Labour leader Ed Miliband says.

post 11 June 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Economic recovery fuelled by cheap labour

Strong jobs growth continues as UK unemployment rate falls - but wage data show prices continue to rise much faster than pay packets.

article 11 June 2014 Business
Unemployment continues to fall, but pay growth drops significantly - despite government hopes that the so-called
'Cost of living crisis' returns to haunt government

Unemployment continues to fall, but pay growth drops significantly - despite government hopes that the so-called "cost of living crisis" is coming to an end.

article 21 May 2014 UK
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The 20-year-old who 'became a statistic' and killed himself

Martin Hadfield's parents put the 20-year-old's suicide down to his struggle to find a job. He is not alone, and The Samaritans say there is a lack of "safety net" after this recession.

article 29 April 2014 UK
After years in the doldrums, Britain appears to be in the midst of  sustainable growth. But it is not good news all round (Reuters)
by Why not everyone is benefiting from economic growth

After years in the doldrums, Britain appears to be in the midst of sustainable growth. But it's not good news all round.

video 28 April 2014 UK

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Help to work: fulfilling potential or unpaid labour? - video

The "help to work" programme comes into effect today, meaning the long-term unemployed face having their benefits cut unless they visit a Jobcentre every day.

post 09 April 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Facing the harsh economic truth: Spain's brain drain

We may be seeing the green shoots of recovery come into full bloom - but parts of Europe still languish.