Unemployment in East Anglia fell by 6,000 in the three months to March, official figures have revealed.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 207,000 people were unemployed in the region during the quarter.

The region’s unemployment rate was 6.7pc and saw a fall of 2.8pc during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which saw the biggest increase in people out of work at 6.1pc.

Across the country unemployment fell by 45,000 between January and March, leaving 2.6 million people out of work.

The UK’s unemployment rate has fallen by 0.2pc to 8.2pc, lower than the European average of 10.2pc.

But we want to know what the issues behind the stats really are.

Are there simply not enough jobs?

Is there a deeper issue surrounding the aspirations of young people?

Are the Government doing enough to help people get back into work?

Are the Government doing enough to support businesses?

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13 comments

  • The drop in unemployment is due to seasonal work for the summer do the govt really think we are stupid enough to believe that things are getting better.

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    BL58

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Personally I can only speak from living in a small village and the problems that young people face here regarding unemployment. Firstly there is little or no transport to use to get to a job, no train station and one bus a day. Yes some companies supply transport but rarely that is for a job that you’ve aspired to do. Secondly, on a bigger scale, the cost of running a car for a young person is atrocious. A 1718 year old boy is expected to pay on average £4000 to insure a basic, standard 998cc car, on top of that the extra costs of running it. If you take into account the minimum wage for a person of that age – or less if they are doing an apprenticeship – is it worth working? Surely there should be some kind of allowance for rural areas so people are able to afford to get into townscities to work in the first place. They say car insurance is cheaper based on your postcode – I find that not to be true. If you live in an area with good public transport then there is not such a need to use a car but when it’s a necessity for work as there are no alternatives, the cost should be cut.

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    Zillah

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • "Are there simply not enough jobs?" I would have thought that this is stating the obvious when there are so many chasing the few jobs left, a situation obviously worsened by British jobs being lost to cheaper, overseas labour (ie offshore call centres).

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    Musto_Fan

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Jobs?? In Great Yarmouth?? It doesn't help when 99% of our town is dedicated to seasonal tourism. We're not allowed to fish like days gone by. The agriculture it mostly done by machine. All the big companies moved away due to transport issues. The small companies all collapsed due to supermarket budget prices and rip-off business rates. Even shops like Woolworth's couldn't survive. I remember when this town had lots of interesting shops, industrial units and places for the local people to relax. The town hosted many a get together and rally. Sadly it's all about the holiday makers, big "lemon" TV's and failing harbour pipe-dreams now. Pack in the poor, and get paid for housing them during the winter. Economic slavery 101. FTP

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    Caister Waster

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • De-industrialisation along with globalisation and the outsourcing agenda, has left Blighty dependent on 79% of its workforce relying on the service industries to tick along . Some hold the belief that the service economy can be compared to a dog fallen into a swimming pool, at first the dog seems fine paddling away in different directions trying to find its way out of the pool. Eventually the dog tires and begins to struggle and panic, the more it panics the less strength it has to stay afloat, after awhile the dog starts to sink, bobbing and finely disappears, leaving behind a few ripple effects.

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    nrg

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • the job seekers agreement don't really help you are obliged to take any work offered even if that is shot term 1-2 weeks. but you have to be on benefits for 6 months to get any training support having taken the work to show you are willing your qualifying 6 month period starts again how can you get training to progress ???

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    k day

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • It's obvious there is a lack of proper jobs in the area, especially for the young. Yet in another thread the council are peddling more house building

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    weaversway

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • The answer lays with no one is prepared to train the youngsters up anymore! I have 2 fully qualified boys in their chosen career that cannot find work ad no company wants 'new ones' they are all looking for experiance which most youngsters do not have as they have only just come out of college, every job my boys have applied for have been turned down due to lack of experience! The only way of getting a job now is who you know, holding all these qualifications does not apply anymore, the youngsters need training to be able to progress!

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    lisa sharp

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • The Government and job agencies should be more pro-active when it comes to finding people work. Instead of having to be unemployed for over 1 year to even qualify for training is to offer it immediately after someone loses a job. For a simple reason to retain the skills that person has, and also to retain their confidence to work each day. People who are long term unemployed start to lose confidence in themselves, and when they do get an interview this is shown in negative body language, and they may not have the confidence to answer the questions in a positive manner.

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • no mention that the ONS points out these are almost all part time jobs !!!

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • they say it is 6000 down in unemployment.Its the Summer season and once this is over it is back to high number.There are not the jobs here.The shops are shutting down and I even heard a visitor say Yarmouth looks a sad place now.As for the young people leaving school,,I feel sorry for them.Mind you with the outher harbour going and now this great new place Mr Jones is going to spend millions on,,you never know.Lets hope he pays better than the pleasure beach.All on low rate.

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    jordan

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • There are no"proper job" as chebram states, EDP24 The jobs are salesand commision based, Also speaking from experience, being unemployed for nine months, the jobs advertised, are not the jobs you are interviewed for, I,when selected for an interview, found myself being interviewed for something completely different. I found the government job site one of the worst offenders, The number of interviews I attended, and realised the job description was totaly incorrect, When I mentioned this to my advisor when I signed on fortnightly, They said they knew this as many others had complained,but there was nothing they could do ,as employers put the adverts on, with out being checked!!!I managed toget two very part jobs, but have been unable to secure full time employment

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    lucy

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Come on EEN part of the reason for the figures are simple. People are taken off JSA who have been out of work for a year or more then placed onto employment allowance or whatever they now call it. This is where people are on back to work schemes. Look at your own Jobs24 website to see many jobs are marketing companies who give the impression there is a proper salary. realistically they are a base salary and the rest is commission based. In this climate people cannot live off possible wages they need a fixed salary working full time.

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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