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More people are in work in Fenland say new figures - but more are also claiming benefits

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The employment rate in Fenland has increased over the past year, as the Government hails record highs across the UK.

More people in work in Fenland say new government figures. (3183909)
More people in work in Fenland say new government figures. (3183909)

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of people in either part-time or full-time employment in Fenland rose to 78.3% between April 2017 and March 2018. This was an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the previous year, when the rate was at 78.2%.

It comes as the Government celebrated record high employment for the UK in the latest quarterly national figures, which cover the period from March to May.

These show employment across the country rising to 75.7%, up by 0.8 percentage points from the same quarter a year ago.

Though local employment figures are released simultaneously with the national statistics, they only cover the 12 months to March.

In that 12 month period, national employment was 74.8%, putting Fenland 3.5 percentage points above the national average.

Of the approximately 60,000-strong working age population - those aged between 16 and 64 - in Fenland in 2017/18, 48,000 were employed.

The unemployment rate was 3.6% - up from 3.4% the previous year - while the number of economically inactive people was 20.8%.

This was a decrease of 1.6 percentage points on the previous year.

However, the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits such as Job Seeker's Allowance, which can include employed people if they are on a low income, also went up.

The proportion of claimants was 1.1% in 2017/18, compared to 1% in 2016/17.

Almost every region in the UK saw an increase in the number of claimants, despite high overall employment."

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