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Jobless figures buck national trend in the East

Unemployment numbers in the East of England remained static. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Unemployment in the East of England has remained constant in the latest figures. There were 206,000 people out of work in the region in the latest quarterly statistics - the same number as in the previous quarter. However the figure is 5,000 higher than that the jobless total in the region last month.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, unemployment stood at 180,000 in the three months ending in August - down 13,000 on the previous quarter in line with national figures.

The percentage of the workforce without a job in the East of England is 6.6% and 7.8% in the East Midlands - both regions lower than the national figure of 7.9%.

Unemployment figures in the East of England since 2010. Credit: ITV Anglia / Office of National Statistics

Nationally unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million according to the official figures from the Office of National Statistics. The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 4,000 to 1.57 million.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in September in the East of England was 111,895, which is down 2,321 on a year ago.

Areas in the Anglia region with the highest proportion of adults aged 16-64 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance:

  • Corby, Northamptonshire - 2,019 (5.7% of the population)
  • Peterborough - 6,317 (5.6% of the population)
  • Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 3,312 (5.5% of the population)
  • Ipswich, Suffolk - 1,322 (4.9% of the population)
  • Southend-on-Sea, Essex - 1,790 (4.9% of the population)

Areas in the Anglia region with the lowest proportion of adults aged 16-64 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance:_

  • South Northamptonshire - 736 (1.3% of the population)
  • Rutland - 320 (1.4% of the population)
  • South Cambridgeshire - 1.350 (1.4% of the population)
  • Uttlesford, Essex - 704 (1.5% of the population)

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