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8,000 more jobless in the East of England

Unemployment in the East of England has risen by 8,000 in the three months to September 2012. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

The latest unemployment figures are the highest in the East of England since the end of 2011. Credit: Office of National Statistics / ITV Anglia

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics mean that 6.8% of the workforce is without a job in the East of England compared to a national unemployment rate of 7.8%. The region has the third lowest rate of any region in the country with only the South West and the South East lower.

The unemployment rate in the East Midlands is 7.7%.

Nationwide, unemployment fell to its lowest total for over a year, although there was an increase in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

The jobless total dropped by 49,000 in the quarter to September to 2.51 million, the lowest figure since last summer. But the so-called claimant count jumped by 10,100 last month to 1.58 million, the highest since July, and the biggest monthly rise since last September.

The Bank of England has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2013 to around 1% as it warned output will remain below pre-financial crisis levels for the next three years. The governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King warned that output may shrink again in the final quarter of this year as the economy continues its recent "zig-zag" pattern.

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