Lewes MP welcomes fall in local unemployment

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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.

The most recent unemployment figures show that the number of those unemployed in the Lewes constituency has fallen by 908 from October last year. The number of people in work nationwide has increased by 378,000 in the last year to a record-breaking 29.95 million.

The unemployment rate has also fallen to 7.6 per cent, down 0.2 per cent, and figures also show that unemployment has dropped by 48,000 in the last year, and long term unemployment has reduced by 19,000 in the last three months. 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,”