11,000 more people in our region will be without a job before the end of the summer, according to a study by the Institute for Public Policy Research.
The left wing think tank believes unemployment will not 'peak' until the autumn.
Government figures show, at the moment, there are 208,000 jobless in the region. The latest unemployment figures are due out on Wednesday 18 April.
More top news
The Duke of Cambridge has been visiting Milton Keynes to celebrate the town's 50th anniversary.
Victims have won a ruling allowing them to launch a High Court group action seeking damages over contaminated blood products.
Thousands of teenagers here in the East are apparently plunging themselves in to debt when they become eligible to credit.