Unemployment up in the East

The latest unemployment figures have been announced Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Unemployment in the Anglia region is still rising and bucking the national downward trend.

The latest quarterly figures for the three months to May reveal that 203,000 people are out of work in the East of England, a rise of 1,000 on the previous quarter. It means 6.6% of the workforce is without a job which is still low compared with the national figure of 8.1%

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the figure was up 3,000 to 193,000.

When the previous set of figures were published in June, unemployment in the East of England rose by 2,000 to 209,000 people. In the East Midlands, which covers Northamptonshire, the unemployment total was 186,000, down by 1,000. Those figures covered the three months to April 2012 compared with the three months to January 2012.

Unemployment in the East of England since January 2012 Credit: Office of National Statistics/ITV Anglia

Nationally unemployment has fallen for the fourth month in a row. The jobless total fell by 65,000 to 2.58 million in the quarter to May, the lowest for almost a year, while the number of people in employment increased by 181,000 to just under 30 million, the highest for almost four years.

But the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance jumped by 6,100 last month to 1.6 million, including an increase of 8,000 among women to 530,700, the highest figure for 17 years.