The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen in the East of England in the latest set of unemployment figures. The claimant count total in the region in February was 112,400 which is up by 500 people compared with January.
In the East Midlands the number of people claiming unemployment benefit was 104,600 in February, a fall of 100 since January.
Chelmsford MP Simon Burns commented on the unemployment figures today - after the number of jobless rose in his constituency - despite unemployment falling in the region overall.
– Simon Burns MP
The latest figures released today show that, for the second month running, there has been a rise in unemployment in Chelmsford.
It is vital that more is done to ensure that local people get into work over the coming months and my thoughts remain with those people who are sadly affected.
Unemployment in the East of England has fallen by 9,000 to 207,000 in the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics. The trend is bucking the national picture which shows a rise of 7,000 in the number of people out of work to 2.516 million.
In the East Midlands, which covers Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, unemployment is down by 7,000 to 178,000.
The latest figures compare the three months to January 2013 to the previous quarter. Year-on-year unemployment is down 3,000 in the East of England and down 10,000 in the East Midlands.
Unemployment figures show that the number of jobless in the East of England is rising - bucking the national downward trend. The latest figures for our region show 207,000 people out of work between September and November, a rise of 1,000 on the previous quarter.
But compared the same period last year, unemployment in the East is down by 12,000.
On the day the government announces changes to make A-levels more academic, education leaders in our region are saying more needs to be done to promote vocational training.
They say students are being steered towards gaining academic qualifications, and argue that vocational skills are just as valuable to the economy
Unemployment in the East of England has risen bucking the national downward trend. The latest figures show 207,000 people out of work in the East of England. That's a rise of 1,000 compared to the previous quarter.
In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, unemployment was up by 10,000 to 190,000.
Nationally unemployment fell by 37,000 between September and November to 2.49 million.
The number of people unemployed in the East of England is still rising and going against the national downward trend.
The latest figure is 212,000 people out of work in the region in the three months to September 2012. That represents an increase of 8,000 on the previous quarter.
In contrast, unemployment is falling in the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire. In that region it stands at 178,000, down 15,000 on the previous three months.
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.
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.
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.