Unemployment falls in Eastbourne

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There are more than 185 fewer people claiming some form of unemployment benefits in Eastbourne than this time last year, according to the latest figures.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (March 16), show unemployment in the South East has fallen to 177,000 between November and January, down by 31,000 since last year.

Despite the year on year fall, the number of people considered unemployed actually increased by 8,000 since the last period.

Bruce Campbell of Job Centre welcomed the lower unemployment figures. He said, “I particularly want to highlight the employment figures in the South East, we have created more than 270,000 jobs since 2010 and now have the second highest employment rate in the UK.

“I also want to highlight the work of our Disability Confident campaign, where we have been working with local businesses to overcome some of the barriers to employment for disabled people.”

With 185 fewer people claiming some form of unemployment benefits in Eastbourne since last year, the overall figure has fallen by 14 per cent.

Wealden saw its claimant count fall by 20 in the same period – representing a two per cent drop.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said, “This is another strong set of figures showing private sector employment at the highest since records began, wages rising and a near record number of job vacancies available in the UK economy. This strength is a real credit to hard-working people and businesses alike.

“There’s really good news for the South East – employment has increased by more than 270,000 since 2010, and it has the second-highest employment rate of all the UK regions, at 77.9 per cent.

“With unemployment now standing at 5.1 per cent - half the Eurozone average - it’s clear that we are delivering on our promise to support people to get on in life, and create greater economic security for all.”

Nationally the employment rate is 74.1 per cent, the joint highest since current records began in 1971.

But economic experts say average wages rises – which went up by 2.1 per cent in the year to January – are still relatively low compared to previous years.

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