The UK economy will remain stuck in the doldrums this year with growth of 1% or less predicted in 2010, a leading forecaster has warned. The Ernst & Young ITEM Club, which uses the Treasury's economic model for its forecasts, said the immediate prospects for the UK were "dismal".
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Unemployment in the UK is now 2.45 million, down 33,000 on the previous figure. It is the third consecutive time the jobless total has fallen.