Fewer jobseekers are claiming benefits in Eastbourne this month

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Eastbourne and Willingdon dropped again the last month, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

In addition, there are 16,000 more people in work in the UK than last month and 336,000 more in comparison to this time last year.

Commenting on the statistics, Stephen Lloyd MP said, “This fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Eastbourne and Willingdon is a welcome sign.

“The drop, combined with the rise in the total number of people in employment, shows that Eastbourne is continuing to buck the trend as people continue to pull together despite the challenging economic climate over the last few years. It is clearly a positive step forward, but we have to remain focussed on creating jobs and growing our local economy. That is why my continuous unrelenting focus as the town’s MP is around promoting job creation and encouraging local businesses in Eastbourne to see our town for what it is – a wonderful place to invest.”

The figures show that 2,069 people are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Eastbourne and Willingdon – 150 fewer than were claiming in the previous month.

Unemployment in the Lewes constituency – which covers Polegate and Seaford – is also down according to Lewes’s MP Norman Baker.

Figures obtained by the local MP show that the number of people unemployed in June was 245 lower than a year earlier and 64 lower than the previous month of May 2013.

Nationally, unemployment fell by 57,000 in the three months to May, with youth unemployment falling by 20,000.

Mr Baker said, “We must of course not be complacent and have to continue to stimulate job creation because times continue to be tough, and that is why I have announced my local jobs campaign. However, these local unemployment figures are certainly promising, and it is good to see that unemployment is falling nationally as well.”