Unemployment continues to rise across the region

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UNEMPLOYMENT has increased across the region – however, most areas remain well below the national average.

St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath, Breckland and Mid Suffolk districts all saw a rise in overall unemployment but remained below the national average of four per cent and the average for the east of England, which is currently 3.2 per cent.

Youth unemployment remained high across the region with Breckland Council reporting that the number of 18-24 year-olds claiming out-of-work benefits was above the national average for the second consecutive month – 8.2 per cent of 18-24 year-olds in the area are currently claiming, above the national average of 8.1 per cent, youth unemployment in the area has been on the rise since February 2010.

St Edmunsbury, Forest Heath and Mid Suffolk districts continued to be below both the national average and the average for the east, currently seven per cent.

St Edmundsbury Bwas the only district to see a decrease in the number of 18-24 year-olds claiming out-of-work benefits from the previous month.