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.


  • This is such a weak article and a shoddy piece of Journalism which Ms Grice should be ashamed of. Che Bramley has already outlined the main reasons for the fall in the unemployment figures chiefly among them the system of sanctions and those in forced work programmes. You mention none of this in your article which paints a highly biased and positive picture. In 2010 the number of annual sanctions was around 500 thousand but in the last year this has increased to over one million and the people who are affected are disproportionately those of lower with intelligence and those that t have learning difficulties including those with dyslexia with many people being caught out due to the complexity of the system and downright deceit on the part of the JSA as uncovered on BBC’s 'File on 4' in January 2015. It seems clear to me that one reason that local news is in decline is due to reporting such as this and the inability of papers such as yours to write balanced rigorous articles that hold the government to account. This article is more akin to the Daily Mail (also part of Archant) and the thought that part of my licence fee should be used to subsidise such poor journalism as seen here is a disgrace.

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    Aaron Tate

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • catharthis

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Yes we know the reasons for these "good" statistics. Such as today's news item: kids on so-called "apprenticeships" for £2.73 per hour, learning to use the till and smile at the customers. Slavery in all but name, our taxes creamed off by the "training providers" and no gain for the "trainees". Mr. & Mrs Smug Middle-England, who have remained Tory, in the face of all the evidence of moral corruption, might live to regret it. Iniquity and injustice are social climbers now. They already have to pay for their kids' internships. Robots massively reducing the number of jobs...................human life itself valueless. It's nasty, but I'll think, schadenfreude. While the politician who at least makes the PRETENCE of believing in something better, is mocked and vilified.

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    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • The reduction in the unemployed number won't be down to the jcp staff who could pass as long term unemployed on work experience themselves.

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    the don

    Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • That's a lot of sanctions!!

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    marty r

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • Hooray chums! It’s all true! No more chavy little scum brats making the nob-ody centre untidy …and Yay! …they’ve saved even more pennies for Peter the ferryman and his bacon lovin’ mate Dave …still, it’ll give them something else to stick in their piggybank…! What a lovely bunch of piggybankers they are!

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    Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • Maybe some even managed to emigrate!

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • The figure are yet again manipulated by Government statisticians. The real reasons for the number of people no longer claiming Jobseekers allowance are the following. Apprenticeships, Benefit Sanctions, Work Programme, Workfare, Zero Hour Contracts and people working part time hours but still claim JSA to top up their income. Seems the great British media is scared to say those reasons, but people are a lot wiser, and will not be brainwashed.

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    che bramley

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • Fewer young people in Norfolk and Waveney claiming benefits than last year could mean anything and doesn't do anything to explain what is actually happening.....

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    Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • Yes this is true, because they're either begging on the streets or robbing people, well done Cameron.

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    Mr Seahill

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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