Unemployment falls by more than 30 per cent

UNEMPLOYMENT in the Hastings and Rye area has fallen by more than 30 per cent in the last year, according to national figures.

Data released from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures published last Wednesday (June 11) show that the number of unemployed claimants in Hastings and Rye in May 2014 was 2,118.

Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, praised the Job Centre and local businesses for helping to bring the unemployment rate in her constituency down.

She said: “There are 1,106 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Hastings and Rye this year compared to May 2013.

“This is superb news and yet again confirms that the economy in Hastings and Rye is rapidly moving and jobs are continuing to being created at a healthy rate.

“Unemployment here has fallen by 34 per cent in the last year and there are now even more families with jobs and security. This is all down to local businesses and Hastings Job Centre supporting employees through the tough economic times. But I will not be complacent and will continue to drive for further improvements in employment figures to build on these recent successes.”