Why is unemployment falling in Waveney?

Phil Aves, from Lowestoft Rising.

Phil Aves, from Lowestoft Rising.


Unemployment has been falling across the country - but the drop seems to have been particularly dramatic in Waveney, especially amongst young people. So why is Waveney performing even better than many other parts of the country?

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: “I think you’ve got a number of agencies and a lot of people doing a lot of good work.”

In particular he cited the help JobCentre Plus and Access Community Trust are giving to many individuals, as well as the work Lowestoft College is doing to prepare its students for the world of work.

Phil Aves, from Lowestoft Rising – an organisation which is working to improve the town – said it was a “whole town effort”.

He added: “There seems to be a real positive drive to get young people into work.

“Lowestoft Rising is particularly pleased about the falling figures for under-24s. All the work being done in the background is beginning to pay off.”

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said: “The outlook for employment is only going to improve as more businesses come to Waveney, bringing with them opportunities for growth, particularly in the renewable energy sector. Additionally, we are continuing to help people find employment and work closely with community organisations to support young people into work and training.”

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