MP Norman Baker welcomes fall in unemployment in Lewes District

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Lewes MP Norman Baker has welcomed the latest figures showing unemployment in his constituency is down, a trend that is being replicated nationally.

The UK unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 per cent as the number of people out of work fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November. This is the second biggest drop in a single quarter on record. Locally, the number of unemployed in Lewes constituency has fallen by 251 since December last year.

Employment figures continue to rise with 30.15 million people aged 16 and over in work in the UK in December 2013. The number of people in employment was up 280,000 on the previous quarter and up 279,000 on the previous year. The latest figures show more people in work than ever before.

While warning against complacency, Mr Baker said: “It is pleasing to see a continuing trend of people entering employment. This can only help in pulling us out of the economic downturn, both at a national level and in the local area.”