The number of young people not in education, employment or training has fallen by 5.3 per cent in the South East since 2010.
The figures were published by the Department of Education on August 21 and show an encouraging decrease in the number of unemployed 16-24 years olds in the area for the second quarter of 2014.
In the UK, the number of young adults needing education, employment or training has fallen from 1.139 million in the first quarter of 2010 to 955,000 in quarter two of 2014 – a 12 per cent drop.
Conservative Councillor and prospective MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the statistics. She said, “It’s great news that there are 6,000 fewer young people out of work, education or training here in the South East since 2010. These aren’t just numbers on a graph – every young person taken off the dole is someone with new self-respect, new confidence and new security for the future. This has happened because the Government has a long-term plan to build a healthier economy in Britain, helping businesses to create more jobs and ensuring more young people have the skills they need to get a job or succeed in further study.
“These figures show the plan is working, securing a brighter future for young people in Eastbourne.”