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Unemployment still rising in the East

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.

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Unemployment static in the East of England

The latest unemployment figures for the East of England have been published. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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.

Unemployment figures to be released

Jobless figures set to be released today Credit: PA

The latest unemployment figures will be released later today.

Last month, the number of people out of work in the East had dropped by 4,000 on the previous quarter. More than 200,000 people were unemployed in our region between April and June.

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