Unemployment in East Anglia falls by 2,000

Unemployment in the region has decreased by 2,000, as the number of people in work nationally reaches its highest level since records began.

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Distribution centre takes on extra staff for "Cyber Monday"

Distribution centres in our region have hired in hundreds of extra staff members to cope with the demands of "Cyber Monday".

Argos, which has a distribution centre in Basildon, Essex, says the company will move hundreds of thousands of products today.

Robert Thomas is the General Manager at the Argos Warehouse in Basildon. Click above to see what he says about "Cyber Monday".

Colchester tops list for most online shoppers

Online shopping on "Cyber Monday" Credit: PA images

According to new figures from the Royal Mail, Colchester is the town that tops the charts for online shopping, as "Cyber Monday" continues.

The busiest day of the year for online shopping.

Royal Mail has revealed the top ten places where people choose to shop on the internet rather than the high street.

Also in the top ten in the east, are Norwich in 4th place, Chelmsford in 7th and Bedford in 10th place.

Nick Landon, Managing Director of Royal Mail Parcels, said. "Online shopping is now such a key part of the Christmas shopping experience....We encourage people to post their Christmas cards and order their presents online early, to help us spread the workload during the busy festive period."

The latest recommended posting dates for UK Christmas delivery are:

First Class - Friday 20th December

Second Class - Wednesday 18th December

Special Delivery Guaranteed - Monday 23rd December

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Distribution centres in east ready for "Cyber Monday"

Amazon Distribution Hub, Milton Keynes Credit: ITV Anglia News

Distribution centres across East Anglia are ready for what is expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

Amazon, which has a distribution hub in Milton Keynes and Argos which has a distribution centre in Basildon, have hired in extra staff to cope with the demand.

Amazon Distribution Hub, Milton Keynes Credit: ITV Anglia News

"Cyber Monday" is expected to peak around 6pm tonight, as people start shopping after work.

Argos, has estimated there will be more than 3 million visits to its website and apps today, with as many as 4,700 visits per minute.

Employment Minister hails "positive signs"

The number of people out of work in the East has fallen dramatically according to the latest official figures.

The Office for National Statistics found unemployment dropped by 23 thousand between July and September, to around 180,000. In the East Midlands, including Northamptonshire, unemployment dropped by about 15,000, to approximately 166,000.

Esther McVey MP, Employment Minister, is pleased with the figures.

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