UK unemployment lowest in 42 years and other stories

Unemployment Rate in UK Image: Office for National Statistics.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), has announced that the unemployment rate in the UK has fallen to 4.6%, its lowest in 42 years.

The number of jobless people fell by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the January to March quarter this year.

Rrising inflation has also caused wages to shrink, especially impacting workers in the private sector.

Average weekly earning excluding bonuses, only grew by 2.1% compared to a previous figure of 2.2% that was forecast by economists.

The ONS revealed yesterday that inflation rate currently stands at 2.7%, up from 2.3% in March.

Lib Dem manifesto pledges new EU referendum

The Liberal Democrats are to launch their election manifesto today.

It’s reported to offer a ‘brighter future’ for young people wanting to get on the housing ladder.

However, their most prominent pledge by far is for a second vote on Brexit.

They say Brexit could wreck the lives of future generations and argue that remaining in the EU’s internal market is essential for future of British business.

‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have said that the idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth.

The ‘fat but fit’ theory refers to obese people with healthy blood sugar and blood pressure.

The study analysed data of millions of British patients between 1995 and 2015 to see if this claim held true.

It found that people who were obese but ‘metabolically healthy’ were at higher risk of developing heart disease, strokes and heart failure than people of normal weight.

Fidget spinners being banned in schools

Schools are currently banning fidget spinners as they have become a nuisance in classrooms.

Originally designed to help people who struggle to concentrate and helped children with autism or ADHD, teachers are now branding fidget spinners as a disruptive distraction.

All Hallows RC High School in Salford, Greater Manchester, has been among the first to ban the toy.

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