A new study suggests 11,000 more people in the East of England will be without a job before the end of the summer. The left-leaning think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) believes unemployment will not 'peak' until the autumn.
Nationally the IPPR says an extra 100,000 people will be without a job before the end of the summer and unemployment will not fall for 18 months. The East of England, the North West, London, along with Yorkshire and Humberside will see the highest increases in unemployment, while the jobless total is predicted to fall in the West Midlands, Northern Ireland and the South West.
Government figures show, at the moment, there are 208,000 jobless people in the East of Enland. The latest unemployment figures are due out on Wednesday 18 April.
Unemployment across the UK stands at 2.67 million, a jobless rate of 8.4%, the highest since 1995, with over a million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work. New figures later this month are expected to show another increase in the figures.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "There have been some encouraging signs that the labour market is stabilising, but there is clearly still a big challenge ahead to bring down unemployment. The international economic outlook remains difficult, but we will do everything we can to help the unemployed find jobs."