‘Positive’ news as unemployment falls across Mid Sussex

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There was more ‘positive’ news for Mid Sussex after the announcement unemployment has fallen again.

In May’s figures released by the Office of National statistics the jobless total across the district has fallen by more than 29 per cent over the past year with 430 people reportedly out of work.

The statistics also show a huge drop of around 71 per cent over the last five years.

The amount of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the town has also fallen.

Figures show a decrease of 44 per cent over the past 12 months with 65 people between the age of 18 and 24 out of work.

A dramatic drop of around 84 per cent has also been seen in youth unemployment since 2010.

Sophia Sami of Jobcentre Plus said: “The figures are absolutely positive.

“Most people leave unemployment and find a job very quickly and we have now trying to help the newly unemployed to do this.”

The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed the employment rate is at a record high of 73.5 per cent.

Since 2010, employment has increased across the South East of England with 264,898 more people in work.

Over the last year, 80 per cent of the jobs in the UK created have been full-time. Around one in 50 people in work are on zero-hours contracts. Action is being taken to clamp down on abuses by banning exclusivity contracts.

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