Unemployment in East Anglia rose by 15,000 in the three months to October, official figures have revealed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 216,000 people were unemployed in the region between August and October. The region's unemployment rate was 6.9% and saw a rise of 7.5% during the period - the largest increase in the country.
Nationwide, a record number of people are in work after the biggest quarterly fall in unemployment for over a decade.
The shift in employment patterns was revealed in new data showing a slump in public sector employment and an increase in the numbers employed in private firms.
– Mark Hoban, Employment minister
"Once again, these figures show that the private sector is creating far more jobs than are being lost in the public sector. It's a credit to British businesses that they're proving wrong those cynics who claimed the private sector wouldn't be able to step up."