Last autumn we were reminded again and again that the economic picture wasn’t totally bleak – because there were still plenty of job vacancies. The figure of 600,000 was touted in the Commons on several occasions in October – including Prime Minister’s Questions.
How come ministers are no longer using this argument? Figures from the ONS show that in January there were only 420,000 vacancies left. Since then the number is likely to have shrivelled further. Read more