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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Inflation up as gas and fuel prices rise AND the number of patrolled workers increases

Here's your latest national headline news including inflation up as gas and fuel prices rise, Britain’s jobs market is on the mend after the coronavirus pandemic, and Cambridge Dictionary chooses its word of the year.

UK inflation has jumped to a near-decade high as soaring energy and fuel prices pushed up the cost of living, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said the rate of inflation rose sharply to four point two percent last month – the highest level since twenty eleven and a bigger-than-expected jump.

Britain's jobs market has continued to rebound strongly despite the end of the furlough scheme in September. Figures show the number of payrolled workers rose to over twenty nine million. The Office for National Statistics said the payrolled worker numbers were now "well above" levels seen before the pandemic struck.

Cambridge Dictionary has declared ‘perseverance’ the word of 2021, with editors saying Nasa’s mission to Mars lead to a rise in searches on its website.

The word was looked up 243,000 times this year, with a major spike in searches following the final descent of the Perseverance Rover in February.

Defined by Cambridge Dictionary as “continued effort to do or achieve something, even when this is difficult or takes a long time”, perseverance is a useful trait to have, but why are some people better than others at working doggedly towards their goals?

“There are a number of different factors which create a level of perseverance in people,” says psychologist Lee Chambers (leechambers.org). “They come from experience and the challenges [people have] already faced in life.”

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