East of England unemployment rate “well below national average”

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Official employment figures released today show that unemployment is at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that there are now 32.10 million people in work, 317,000 more than last year.

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said “Our economy is helping to create full time, permanent jobs which are giving people across the UK the chance of securing a reliable income.”

In the 2017 Spring Budget £5 million was allocated to increase the number of schemes in the public and private sector for people returning to work after a career break caring for children or family members.

Additionally as part of the Government’s response to the recent Race Disparity Audit, the Department for Work and Pensions will target 20 hotspots where ethnic minority people are more likely to be unemployed.

Measures in these areas could include mentoring schemes to help those in ethnic minorities into work, and traineeships for 16-24 year-olds, offering English, Maths and vocational training alongside work placements.

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