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Working Lives: Big increase in unemployment for older workers

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It's getting tougher for older people to find jobs with the latest figures recording been a 30% jump in the number of over 65s looking for work in the past year.

There were 22,000 unemployed people aged over 65 in the last quarter of 2017 which is 5,000 more than the previous year.

As part of a series on 'Working Lives' ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper has been investigating the world of work.

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It may become even harder in the future as overall unemployment in the East of England has risen higher than anywhere else in the country.

If you're over 60, looking for a job can be even harder.

Not only does the likelihood of being unemployed increase with age, so too does the time people spend out of work.

This is in spite of the fact we're all having to work for longer, with the state pension age expected to rise to 70.

There has been a 30% increase in unemployment among people over 65 in the UK in the past year.
Number of people out-of-work in the East of England Oct-Dec 2017
The increase in unemployment in the East of England compared with the previous quarter
Proportion of the workforce without a job

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