Unemployment boost, National Television Awards glamour and Sochi snow concern

It's not often a front-page headline begins "Hooray!"

But that's exactly how the Daily Express greets the news that Britain's unemployment rate fell to 7.1% in the three months to November.

The "only way is up for economy" it says inside, giving space to Treasury Minister Sajid Javid to declare: "Our economic plan is working."

The Daily Mirror doesn't quite see it that way, contrasting the "good news" of unemployment dropping to 2.3 million, with the "bad news" that "seven million workers now live on the breadline".

It has economist Tony Dolphin warning that: "This is not the investment and export-led recovery the chancellor promised us. It is built in large part on a renewed rise in household debt."

HSBC economist Stephen King, in the Times, agrees "there is something not quite right about the UK's recovery", saying that productivity has not increased and firms are instead expanding by hiring cheap labour.

As the Financial Times notes: "If productivity remains weak, then the UK's economy will not be able to grow at the pace seen before the crisis without triggering inflation."

Wayward guidance?

The FT interprets the improved jobless figures as increasing the likelihood of a rise in interest rates.

It notes the unemployment rate is approaching the 7% previously identified by Bank of England governor Mark Carney's "forward guidance" as a "way station" at which his monetary policy committee would take stock.

However, reviewing the papers for the BBC News Channel, the Daily Mirror's Jamie Lyons said: "What's come out alongside those employment figures are the [monetary policy committee] minutes... which show they are very resistant to changing the rate even when they hit the target."

Sun on Sunday political correspondent Craig Woodhouse agreed, saying: "Mark Carney is a good enough operator to know that it would be politically explosive for interest rates to go up in 2015, just before an election."

The Independent's leader wonders: "If Bank policy is to evolve in line with changing circumstances - as it unquestionably must - then does 'forward guidance' serve any purpose at all?" The Times agrees, saying: "Forward guidance should now be quietly shelved. The Bank should get on with its task of containing inflation and preserving the stability of the economy."

Dressed to impress

"The night Downton lost out to the Daleks," is how the Daily Mail reports the best drama winner at the National Television Awards.

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However, it's the dresses that impress the paper, which prints an all-female picture spread of personalities including Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, model Amy Willerton, sports presenter Gabby Logan and Strictly Come Dancing's Susanna Reid and Abbey Clancy.

The Mail reckons model Kelly Brook "won the limelight" - despite not being nominated - thanks to a "racy black dress".

After casting its eye over all the "gogglefrocks" - and commenting that Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman's purple dress was reminiscent of a Quality Street chocolate favourite - the Sun also declares Brook's "billowing" black frock a "sheer delight".

Daily Mirror fashion director Amber Graafland thinks otherwise, saying: "There's no way a red carpet pro like her wouldn't have known that this was going to go see-through. It's desperate and a bit sad."

Instead the Mirror celebrates Julie Hesmondhalgh, alias Coronation Street's recently departed Hayley Cropper, who won the best serial drama performance category for portraying her character's battle against cancer and subsequent suicide.

Diet dilemmas

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The Daily Express seizes on a survey suggesting that women are simply too busy to eat healthily as a reason why so many diets fail. It spells out the "seven deadly dieting downfalls" - matching characteristics such as "picker", "binger" or "comforter" with downfalls like cake, ice cream and cookies, against a picture of a lady with a large piece of chocolate cake.

The paper's editorial asks: "How should one categorise a sociable binger who feels guilty afterwards and comfort eats to console himself?" Mail cartoonist Pugh sketches a wife reading an article entitled "what type of dieter are you?" as her husband suggests: "Let's look under 'U' for unsuccessful."

Still, it's nothing that turning the central heating down a notch wouldn't solve, if a report highlighted by the Daily Telegraph is to be believed. It says scientists claim that simply being colder raises the rate at which calories are burned by 30% and that shivering can burn around 400 calories an hour.

The Sun has spent much of the week promoting a strict "sexercise" regime and its leader column notes that the most popular time for such weight loss-promoting relations is 7.37pm on a Saturday. "Poor timing," it feels, given the same research says men are most aroused at 4.33pm that afternoon: "An uncomfortable thought, that. Since at 4.33pm so many are in a football stand packed with other blokes."

Sochi so far

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The Sun wonders whether the Russian Winter Olympics should be "called offski". It reminds readers of recent bombings and threatened boycotts over gay rights, and points out that the "balmy" weather has caused there to be "no snow".

However, the paper reports that organisers have stockpiled "a mountain of snow from last year" and photographs a huge "storage unit" for the white stuff in a field near the town.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror describes a "Red Square-up" between Vladimir Putin and gay singer Sir Elton John, who has apparently taken exception to the Russian president heaping praise on him.

The star released a statement saying he'd spoken to members of Moscow's homosexual community who say they've suffered all manner of verbal and physical abuse since "anti-gay" laws were passed last June.

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