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Figures show unemployment rises in region

Unemployment in the region rose by 9,000 in the three months to February, new figures have revealed.

Unemployment in East Anglia increased by 9,000 in the three months to February, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 217,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February.

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Jobless benefit claims up in the East

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.

MP: Vital more done to get local people into work

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.

He said:

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.

– Simon Burns MP

Unemployment falls in the East of England

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.

Call for more vocational skills as jobless total rises

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

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Unemployment up in the Anglia region

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.

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