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Employment rate highest in south-east and east England, says ONS

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the employment rate is highest in the east and south-east of England (74.9 per cent) and lowest in the north-east (67.2 per cent).

Showing similar trends, the economic inactivity rate is highest in the north-east (25.4 per cent) and lowest in the south-east and east regions of the country (19.6 per cent).

In terms of welfare, 7.6 per cent of people claim benefits in the north-east, rendering it the highest claiming area in England, while three per cent do so in the south-east making it the region giving out the least handouts.

As the employment market continues to slightly improve, London saw the greatest improvement in employment rates, as it enjoyed an increase of 1.2 percentage points, while the most significant decrease was seen in Northern Ireland, with a 1.2 percentage point decline in the number of people in work.

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Posted by Wayne BlyADNFCR-1617-ID-801559741-ADNFCR

20/03/2013