New figures reveal falling unemployment in East Sussex

Unemployment in East Sussex has fallen for nine consecutive months.

The latest Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) figures show the number of claimants fell to 5,252 in December 2014, compared to 7,563 in February 2014.

East Sussex County Councillor Rupert Simmons, lead member for economy, said: “This is welcome news for the county.

“Every district in East Sussex has seen a reduction in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which is a really positive result.”

Between December 2013 and December 2014 the number of JSA claimants has decreased by 2,125 and the number of young people claiming is at its lowest since 2005.

He added: “One of the council’s key priorities is to drive economic growth across East Sussex and we have a number of initiatives in place to help people get back to work and assist companies wanting to expand and create more jobs. We hope the efforts being made to boost the job market and assist those people wanting to find work helps to drive these figures down even more in the months to come.”