The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Eastbourne has fallen by 396, new figures show.
The statistics released today (September 16) by the Office for National Statistics show how the number of people claiming benefit has fallen in the town since last year.
As well as the drop, around 180 people in Eastbourne are now claiming through Universal Credits, designed to simplify the payment system.
Bruce Campbell from Job Centre Plus said, “It’s really positive news. The number of claimants is down on last year.
“The figures for Eastbourne have been falling for a while and staying level, which is a good sign.
“Partly it’s because we’ve been working with a range of local businesses to get people back into work in Eastbourne and we’ve been able to get a number of long-term unemployed back into to workplace.”
The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the south east fell by 16,600 in the last year to 59,600.
Meanwhile the number of people on Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity benefit in the south east rose by 6,900 to 250,100.
Nationally the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits rose by 1,200 to 791,700, and national unemployment rose by 10,000 between May and July to 1.82 million.
The number of people in work rose by 413,000 to 31.09 million people and average pay rose by around 2 per cent.
Employment Minister Priti Patel said, “As part of our one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential, and through our reforms we are doing just that.
“With the south east seeing one of the lowest unemployment rates of any UK region, it is clear this government’s long-term economic plan is providing security for working people.”
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