Westgate area of Ipswich, covering Bramford Road and Norwich Road, has worst youth unemployment rate in town

The Westgate area of the town  including Bramford Road and Norwich Road  was the worst area for 16

The Westgate area of the town including Bramford Road and Norwich Road was the worst area for 16 to 18 year olds for NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) last month - Credit: PA

More than one in five youngsters are not in work or education in parts of Ipswich, new figures show.

The Westgate area of the town – including Bramford Road and Norwich Road – was the worst area for 16 to 18 year olds for NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) last month. Just over one in five (20.3%) were classed as NEETs – a total of 354.

In contrast, Bixley – the area surrounding Ipswich Hospital – was the best area in Ipswich. Only 2.4% were not in education, work or training.

Overall, the Ipswich average in March 2016 was 9.4%, above the latest available England average – from October to December 2015 – of 6.6%.

The analysis was carried out on data compiled by the Suffolk Observatory.

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