Figures show increase in private sector jobs

THE number of jobs available in the private sector in Hastings has increased according to Government figures.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics suggests that private sector employment has risen in Hastings since 2010.

From September 2010 to September 2011, the Business Register Employment Survey estimates that an additional 700 people became employed in the town’s private sector.

In 2010, the survey estimated that the public sector accounted for 28.4 per cent of employment, giving Hastings one of the highest levels of public sector employment in the south east.

Of the town’s employmees, 8,708 were registered as public sector workers with 21,915 registered as private sector workers.

According to the latest figures, there has been an increase of more than three per cent in private sector jobs while the number of public sector jobs has remained static, leading to increasing employment and a fall in the proportion of Hastings’ public sector employment, which now stands at 27.8 per cent.

The ‘OPQ’ measure of public sector employment, which assumes that all employees in the health, education and public administration industries work in the public sector, has also fallen over the same period, dropping from 41 per cent to 39.5 per cent of total employment in Hastings.

The figures provide evidence that Hastings’ economy is following the national trend by rebalancing towards a private sector-led recovery, according to Hastings MP Amber Rudd.

She said: “I am delighted that the private sector in Hastings is expanding, giving the residents of Hastings increasing employment opportunities. The news of an increase in private sector jobs confirms what many of us have been seeing on the ground.

“I am also so pleased that unemployment in Hastings has been falling, with youth unemployment falling by 14 per cent since the General Election. This all points to robust economic growth in Hastings.”