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Week in numbers

£48,510 – The households classed as homeless by the government in 2011, up 14% on 2010, the biggest hike in nine years.

36% – The percentage of recent graduates in low-skilled jobs in Q4 2011, up from 26.7% in 2001, according to the Office for National Statistics.

2,500 – The number of job cuts announced last week by Allied Irish Banks across the Republic, Northern Ireland and Britain.

49% – The proportion of borrowers who have not reviewed their mortgage since the base rate was cut to 0.5% three years ago, says Unbiased.co.uk.

£176 – The averageamountbywhich monthly mortgage payments are higher than rental payments, says the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

1.7million –  The number of people who Money Advice Trust expects to call debt charities this year, 16% up on 2010.

1,000 – The number of times The Mortgage Works’ buy-to-let affordability calculator app has been downloaded by iPhone and iPad users in the two weeks since launching.

0.1% – The forecast decline in eurozone gross domestic product in 2012 by the European Central Bank, down from a previous forecast of 0.3% growth.

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