Record numbers in work across East

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The east of England has 30,000 fewer unemployed than at this time last year as employment reaches record levels across the country.

As April figures were announced yesterday, Minister of State for Employment Priti Patel said: “The East of England has a record number of people in work and 32,000 more in jobs compared to this time last year. Behind the statistics are countless stories of individual hard work and determination.”

The number of Jobseeker allowance claimants in St Edmundsbury is 33.7 per cent down on last April at 696, which was almost four per cent below last month.

Forest Heath saw claimants down almost 39 per cent on 2014 at 320 while Mid-Suffolk was down almost 30 per cemt at 479.

Breckland’s 939 claimants was 42 per cent down on April 2014.

The number of 18- to 24-year-olds claiming is down in all these districts with the falls ranging from 30 per cent in Mid Suffolk to 43 per cent in St Edmundsbury.