Jobless total falls in the East

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The latest unemployment figures for the East of England are down by 10,000 Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The latest unemployment figures in the East of England are down 10,000. In the quarter November 2011 to January 212 there were 208,000 jobless people in the East of England - 6.8% of the workforce.

The regional figures are in sharp contrast to the national total which was up 28,000. The unemployment rate increased to a near 17-year high today after another rise in the jobless to almost 2.7 million. The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance increased for the 12th month in a row, up by 7,200 in February to 1.6 million, the worst figure since the end of 2009.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the unemployment total was up 5,000 to 187,000.

When the February figures for the East of England were published unemployment had risen by 3,000 to 213,000 and jump was even sharper in January when 18,000 more people joined the dole queues in the region.