Unemployment across Norfolk and Waveney is way below the national average, according to figures released today.

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The national average for people out of work stands at 7.8pc, compared with 3.4pc in our region.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed young people in Norfolk and Waveney has fallen by 0.5pc year-on-year, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

The total number of people aged 16-24 who are out of work fell from 6.2pc in November last year, to 5.6pc this.

Great Yarmouth is the area with the highest amount of youth unemployment in the region, but its levels decreased from 11.6pc last year, to 10.4pc this.

Nationally, a record number of people are in work after the biggest quarterly fall in unemployment for over a decade.

The jobless total fell by 82,000 in the three months to October, to 2.51 million, down by 128,000 on a year ago. The ONS said it was the biggest quarterly fall since the Spring of 2001.

And employment jumped by 40,000 to 29.6 million, the highest figure since records began in 1971 and up by half a million on a year ago.

3 comments

  • @ chebram71 - 16 hours is a full time job. The remainder of the pay packet is made up by the state. It was a principle created by Gordon Brown with his myriad of benefits. All recipients have to do to get on the scheme is to say to their employers. " I can`t work anymore hours or I will lose my benefits" The employee is happy, the employer is happy as he has a low wage workforce available to him at time of demand with little or no NI to pay and the government is happy as the unemployment stats are kept down. UKPLC 2012 - What a way to run an economy.

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I really don't know what to make of these figures any more, It's more of a case of what they don't tell you, instead of what they tell you. To be quite honest they have become completely meaningless.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • The ONS also said that this time jobs created are full time rather than part time. Where were these jobs then? Oh hang on the Government and Employment service deems 16hrs as full time, where normal people see full time as 37.5hrs plus

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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