Unemployment in the Lewes constituency is down considerably since October and this is being replicated nationally, according to Lewes's MP Norman Baker.
November unemployment figures secured by the local MP show that the number of those unemployed in the Lewes constituency has fallen by 73 from the same time last year and is 51 lower than the previous month of October.
Nationally, unemployment figures have taken the biggest quarterly fall in over a decade as private sector jobs hit an all time high and youth unemployment hits a three and a half year low.
Norman says: "Times continue to be tough economically, but these local unemployment figures, which have been replicated nationally, are very encouraging and I am particularly pleased that we have seen a large drop in the number of young people that are not in employment.
"We must of course not be complacent about this though and have to continue to stimulate job creation and also make job searching more accessible. It is for that reason I was particularly pleased that this week saw the announcement of the Bus for Jobs scheme which will provide free bus travel in January for many jobseekers, and is particularly focused on the young unemployed. In my ministerial role I have been pushing for bus companies to do more for young people and they are doing just that."
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Tel: (01273) 480281.
Fax: (01273) 480287.