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Unemployment down by 9,000 in the East

Unemployment in East Anglia has decreased by 9,000 in the quarter to March. Credit: PA

Unemployment in East Anglia has decreased by 9,000 in the quarter to March, official figures have revealed.

According to the Office for National Statistics, a total of 171,000 people were unemployed in the region between January and March.

The region's unemployment rate was 5.4% and saw a drop of 5% during the period.


Army targets jobseekers

The clinic will be held from 1100 - 1300 today Credit: PA

A recruitment campaign for the British Army will target job seekers in Milton Keynes today. A clinic will be held at the town's Jobcentre Plus on Queensway from 1100 this morning.

The campaign is running across the South East and aims to highlight the full range of full-time and part-time careers available in the army, from brick laying to infantry soldiers.

Unemployment rates fall in the East by over 30,000

Unemployment has fallen in the East. Credit: PA

Unemployment in the East of England fell by 35,000 between August and October, according to the latest official figures.

The Office for National Statistics found 170,000 people were out of work in the region during the period.

Nationally, the jobless total fell by 99,000, the biggest cut in more a decade, to 2.39 million.

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Employment figures 'great sign economy is growing'

The latest employment figures are a "great sign" the economy is growing, a Government minister has said.

Unemployment fell by almost 100,000 and the number of people in work topped 30 million for the first time on record, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Employment Minister Esther McVey has hailed the 'encouraging' employment news Credit: PA Wire

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "It is really encouraging news that the number of people in jobs has increased by a quarter of a million in the last three months, bringing the total number of people in work to a record-breaking 30 million.

"Together with a big fall in unemployment, this shows that the Government's long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work is proving successful.

"It's also thanks to British businesses up and down the country who are feeling increasingly confident about taking on workers. This is a great sign that the economy is growing."


Unemployment rises in the East of England

The number of people out of work in the East of England has risen by about 3,000.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show unemployment rose to 211,000 in the three months to July. The unemployment rate in this region is 6.7%.

Nationally, the number of people out of work fell to 2.49 million, an unemployment rate of 7.8%.

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Apprenticeship success despite rising youth unemployment

Unemployment is falling across the region, but it's not good news for our youngsters.

Around one in five people aged between 16 and 24 are out of work in the east. Nationally the number of young jobless is nearing one million.

As the number of young job seekers continues to grow attention is focusing once again on apprenticeships as a way of solving the problem.

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