MP welcomes unemployment fall

UNEMPLOYMENT levels in Hastings fell slightly last month although the national picture continues to look gloomy.

The number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance dropped by 118 from 3,203 to 3,085.

That means 6.9 per cent of economically active people are currently out of work here in Hastings, down from 7.1 per cent. This is the first time that figure has come down since November.

Amber Rudd MP welcomed the figures, saying: “This is good news for us in Hastings.

“Residents are working hard to find jobs and it is good news that so many are succeeding in doing so.

“I am hopeful that this Government will deliver a budget for growth next week that will continue to encourage private sector growth and employment.”

Nationally the unemployment rate stands at eight per cent, or 2.35 million people, with youth unemployment reaching an all-time high, at 20 per cent or more than one in five 16-24 year-olds.

All eyes will now be on Chancellor George Osborne and the decisions he takes as part of next week’s budget.