THE NUMBER of young people in Hastings and Rye claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is at its lowest level since 2008.
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week put the number of claimants aged between 16 and 24 at 795.
This is a 3 per cent drop from March, when the number stood at 820, and a 15 per cent drop from April 2012.
This puts the rate of youth unemployment in Hastings and Rye as calculated by the House of Commons at 8.7 per cent down from 10.2 per cent in April 2012.
This is the lowest number of young people unemployed since December 2008.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd said: “I am pleased to see that the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Hastings and Rye is at the lowest level since general election.
“This government has introduced a series of measures to prioritise youth unemployment and tackle the barriers that stop young people from getting a job and starting their career.
“These measures, including Apprenticeships and reforms to transform vocational education, are working and signal a new approach to tackling youth unemployment.”
Nationally, youth unemployment has fallen by 17,000 in the first quarter of 2013 to 20.7 per cent.
The number of people of working age claiming JSA in Hastings and Rye has fallen by 113 between March and April this year, from 3,468 to 3,355.
This is a rate of 5.2 per cent, a year on year decrease of 0.3 per cent.
In the south east as a whole, the rate is 2.4 per cent in April this year, down by 0.2 per cent from April 2012.
UK-wide the ONS figures show the number claiming JSA last month was 1.52 million, a year on year decrease of 7,300 .
This is a one per cent reduction in the number of claimants.
On a national level the number of JSA claimants in April stood at 1.52 million, down by 7,300 from March.
However in the first quarter of 2013 the data shows unemployment was actually up by 15,000, a 0.1 per cent increase.