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UK workforce sees biggest fall in two years

UK workforce sees biggest fall in two years

Business
The number of people in work in the UK has seen its biggest fall in the past two years, but unemployment also fell.UK employment dipped to 32m in the three months to September, down 14,000 from the previous quarter, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.At the same time, the number of jobless - those people not in work but seeking a job - fell 59,000 in the same period.Workers' earnings, including bonuses, rose 2.2% compared with a year ago, which still lags inflation of 3%.The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.3%, and down from 4.8% a year earlier.Matt Hughes, a senior ONS statistician, said employment had declined after two years of "almost uninterrupted growth".He added: "But there was a rise in the number of people who were neither working nor looking for a job - so-call...
Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

Business
Buying a home is the most significant financial decision in most people's lives. For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing.So it is little wonder that house prices are an obsession for some, and a source of frustration for others.The financial crisis had huge implications for those wanting to buy or sell property.Here is the story of what has happened to the UK housing market in the past 10 years. 1. House prices are rising... or are they?The price of the average UK home has risen in the past 10 years, as you would expect. Prices of goods and services in general, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation, have increased faster.So, in real terms, the average UK house price has fallen compared with a decade ago.2. Price rises or falls depend on where yo...
Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: AAPL, SBUX & more

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: AAPL, SBUX & more

Finance
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Apple's stock climbed 3 percent after the bell. The tech behemoth posted fourth quarter results with EPS of $ 2.07, blowing past Wall Street expectations of $ 1.87. Its flagship product, the iPhone X, hits stores on Friday and isn't reflected in Thursday's quarterly earnings report.Starbucks shares tumbled 7 percent in extended trading after the company posted mixed quarterly results. Revenue fell lower than Wall Street expectations, but earnings per share were in-line with expectations. The coffee company also announced it is selling the Tazo tea brand to Unilever and will drive a single tea brand strategy with its super premium tea brand, Teavana.Shares of Pandora Media dropped more than 8 percent after hours. The internet radio co...
5 Biggest Salad Mistakes You're Making

5 Biggest Salad Mistakes You're Making

Health
I eat some type of salad nearly every day. It's a go-to staple I really look forward to, and I love mixing it up. Some days I toss greens with pico de gallo, black beans, and guacamole, others involve grilled veggies, quinoa, and almonds, or roasted chickpeas and olive tapenade.I enjoy creating new combinations, and to do so without throwing my meal off balance, I use a mix-and-match philosophy: I start with a greens and veggie base, add a lean protein, choose a good-for-you fat, include a small portion of healthy starch, season, and commence crunching.When I talk to my clients about how they build salads, I often find that they're doubling up in some areas, and missing out in others; and those imbalances can either prevent a salad from being slimming, or lead to missing out on key nutrien...
Medicaid is biggest consumer story in 'Obamacare' rollback

Medicaid is biggest consumer story in 'Obamacare' rollback

Health
Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond "Obamacare." Former President Barack Obama's signature law is usually associated with subsidized insurance markets like HealthCare.gov. But the Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid. Not only would the GOP legislation scale back coverage through the insurance markets and phase out the Medicaid expansion, it would also make fundamental changes to the broader Medicaid program. The federal-state program covers low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to young adults caught in the opioid epidemic. House Republicans have passed their health care bill, and Senate GOP leaders ...