The true unemployment figures might be higher than you think, according to a report from the 'Think Tank' Policy Exchange.
They estimate the true figure as being nearer an astonishing six million or one in six of the 37-million-strong working age.
This includes 1.6million on Jobseeker's Allowance and 2.6million on incapacity benefit and its replacement Employment and Support Allowance - more than a million of whom the Government believes are perfectly capable of working.
Regardless of whether the true figure is two million or six million, it's still several million too many and reflects a number of factors, the recession being just one, which are changing the face of our economy and the nature of the workforce.
In order to recover and compete with the Far Eastern economies, we need a different skills set beyond banking, public and service sector jobs but there's abosultely no sign of this happening and its reflected in the continued and dismal literacy statistics of our schools.
On a much happier note, I walked around the coastline yesterday and was delighted to see how spotless our beaches and promenades were and how hard the beach cleaners were working to keep them that way. We have a wonderful coastline and on a day like yesterday, Thanet was being shown-off to its best for the benefit of visitors.