East England

  • A substantial investment in tomatoes in East Anglia, dragons in Cambridgeshire and a big jump in unemployment October, 2019

    Unemployment in the East of England increased by 17,000 to 109,000 between June and August, the increase of 0.5% was the highest in England and took the overall rate to 3.4%.The South West continued to record the lowest rate at 2.4% with the UK rate at 3.9%. The highest rate was 5.8% which was recorded in the North East.The South West also had the highest employment rate at 81.0% which compared with 78.6% in the EE. UK employment was estimated at 75.9%.EE average property prices increased by 0.3% to £294,192, which took annual growth to an anaemic 0.1%. In comparison, UK prices grew by 0.8% to £234,853 during August, an annual growth rate of 1.3%.The ONS’s Personal Well-being (or Happiness) Index has ranked the EE sixth out of the 12 UK ‘regions in terms of improved happiness since the last survey. Overall though, the Northern Irish were still the happiest in the UK with Londoners still the most miserable.DevelopmentTwo giant greenhouses costing £120m are to be built next to sewage works to grow millions of tomatoes and bring 360 agricultural jobs.Work on the UK's largest greenhouses has begun near Norwich and near Bury St Edmunds. The two greenhouses will cover...