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Fewer young people in Norfolk and Waveney claiming benefits than last year

PUBLISHED: 11:25 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:25 16 October 2015

The latest unemployment figures have been released.  Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The latest unemployment figures have been released. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Fewer young people in Norfolk are claiming out of work benefits than a year ago, and the reduction in young claimants in Waveney has been hailed as one of the most impressive in East Anglia.

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that there were 2,680 young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Norfolk and Waveney in September 2014, compared to 1,680 last month.

In Norfolk, the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming JSA has fallen by 34pc in a year, while in Waveney, there has been a decrease of 59pc.

JobCentre district manager for East Anglia Julia Nix said: “Its fantastic. Waveney has seen one of the biggest decreases in East Anglia.”

However, some districts saw a slight increase in the number of young people claiming JSA in September compared with August.

Mrs Nix said there is traditionally a small rise in the number of young people claiming each September.

She said: “When I’ve looked at the numbers where it has tended to go up by five to 10 individuals, people have thought they were going to go into higher education but not got the results or might have started the course and then dropped out.

“It’s a normal seasonal trend of young people making up their minds.”

Fewer people in Norfolk and Waveney are claiming out of work benefits than a year ago, the statistics also revealed.

The latest figures show 7,225 people in the region claimed JSA in September 2015, compared to 10,090 in the same period of 2014.

In the last month, the total number of JSA claimants rose slightly in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Norwich, but all other local authority areas saw a decrease.

The figures also show nationally, the number of claimants has gone up in the last month by 4,600 to 796,200 in September but in Norfolk and Waveney, the past month has seen an increase of just one person.

JobCentre district manager for East Anglia Julia Nix said the figures were “fantastic”.

“It shows that we’ve got more people in work than we’ve ever had before and its a credit to British businesses - especially for young people,” she said.

“Businesses have taken on the fact that we don’t want young people unemployed so they’re giving them work and opportunities.”

The number of men claiming JSA has fallen for the seventh month in a row in Norfolk and Waveney, while the number of women has risen from 2,452 in August to 2,488 in September.

Unemployment in the East of England as a whole, which also includes Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk, fell by 7,000 in the three months to August.

A total of 134,000 people were unemployed in the region between June and August.

The figures also showed that unemployment in the United Kingdom has fallen to a seven-year low of 1.7 million, with the highest number of people in work since records began in 1971.

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