MP Baker welcomes fall in the jobless

Unemployment in the Lewes constituency is down and this is being replicated nationally, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance at its lowest level since January 2009, according to Lewes MP Norman Baker.

Last month’s unemployment figures show that the number of those unemployed in the Lewes constituency has fallen by 283 from September last year.

Nationally, employment figures have taken a huge jump with 29.87 million people aged 16 and over in work in the UK in June-August 2013. The number of people

in employment was up 155,000 on the previous quarter and up 279,000 on the previous year.

Mr Baker said: “It is pleasing to see we appear to be coming out of the economic downturn, both at a national level and in the local area.

“Nevertheless, we must of course not be complacent and have to continue to stimulate job creation because times continue to be tough, but these local unemployment figures, which have been replicated nationally, are encouraging.”

The MP added: It is particularly good to see that full-time employment is on the rise.”