Number of unemployed claiming allowance falls for seventh month in row

THE number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Hastings has fallen for the seventh month in a row, according to the latest data.

There were 3,184 claimants in total in March this year. Last month the figure stood at 2,592, a drop of 592.

In September last year the total number of those claiming JSA in Hastings was 3,136. Last month’s figure again showed a decrease of 544, compared to a year ago.

The figures come from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Since this time last year the number of people claiming JSA has fallen by 214,500 in the UK, according to the ONS.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for Hastings, said: “The rise in the number of people in work across the south east and the decline in job seekers in Hastings shows that our economy is growing stronger.

“This is clearly a significant step forward, but we must remain focused on creating even more jobs.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd was equally pleased.

She said: “This is good news and shows that businesses and entrepreneurs in Hastings are stepping up and creating jobs.

“There is more to do and further to go. However this is a good indication of positive growth in Hastings.”

Ms Rudd recently paid a visit to employment and training specialists Pertemps People Development Group in Breeds Place.

During her visit she took the opportunity to chat with clients being prepared for a return to work.

Ms Rudd said: “It was a real pleasure to witness the commitment and focus of the staff in helping residents of all ages and skills get back to work in Hastings. I was struck by a calm sense of purpose and achievement in the office coupled with an emphasis on attitude and persistence as key attributes in getting into work.”

The company helps deliver the Government’s Work Programme, which gives support for claimants who need more help looking for and staying in work. Zoe Leadbeater, site manager, said: “Participants can take full advantage of individual help to update their employability skills and qualifications. The flexibility of the programme enables us to deliver the pre-employment training required by today’s employer in order to fill vacancies as they arise.”