Seafaring nation faces death of shipbuilding
Portsmouth has been a shipbuilding city since 1497. Now international competition is forcing the closure of its famous yard. Should governments do more to protect traditional industries?
Merkel fears for Europe’s ‘lost generation’
As joblessness among young people rises across the European Union, Angela Merkel has a strategy to help the under-25s find work: imitate Germany’s apprenticeships.
Workers getting poorer despite rising employment
Economists have found that the average British salary has plummeted further in the past five years than in any previous recession. Is the wealth returning? Or has prosperity gone for good?
Minimum wage rate draws fire from teenagers
Young employees will receive a higher hourly minimum wage, ministers announced this month. But under-21s still get less than adult workers: exploitation or a fair reflection of experience?
Fight over morality of benefit caps splits UK
This week major changes to the British welfare system begin. Supporters say people must be encouraged into work that pays. Critics say deprived communities will be ground down.
Welfare cut back further in shrinking economy
The Conservatives say benefits encourage idleness and lack of responsibility. Labour say proposed reforms will hurt the vulnerable. What would a fair system look like?
Rapiers out as Obama accuses Romney of lies
Six weeks ago, Republicans chose super-capitalist Mitt Romney to take on Barack Obama in the US presidential election. Now, with accusations flying, the campaign has taken an ugly turn.
Cuts drive UK police forces to ‘cliff edge’
New statistics show that across the UK, the number of police officers is falling as a result of cuts. The government denies that crime will now rise, but others are less sure.
Youth unemployment levels hit record high
For today's young Britons, widespread unemployment means the future looks bleak. As joblessness among 18 to 24-year-olds nears one million, we ask what it takes to kickstart a career.
Will workless households feel the benefit?
The government wants to 'make work pay'. Benefit reforms aim to ensure those who take jobs are better off than the unemployed. Is this the end of the 'workless home'?
Historic beauty but very modern poverty
The ancient town of Okehampton has been hit by unemployment. Charities are diverting food from Romania. But not all the residents are pleased.