East Midlands unemployment statistics show how region has been disproportionately impacted by lockdown restrictions, says Chamber

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The East Midlands unemployment rate is once again above the national average, the latest figures show.

Between October and December 2020, the region’s unemployment rate was 5.9%, up from 5.6% in the three months to November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This was above the national average of 5.1% and the fourth highest rate among all UK regions, behind London (7%), the North East (6.5%) and the West Midlands (6.1%).

The national figure – representing 1.74 million people – is the highest in almost five years, with 726,000 fewer people currently on the payroll during this period compared to pre-pandemic.  

Almost three-fifths of

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