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Fast food giant to serve up new jobs in Sussex
Fast food giant McDonald’s has announced plans to create scores of jobs across the county.
The jobs boost came as Government figures revealed that the number of jobless people in Sussex is falling.
Yesterday, McDonald’s said it planned to create 130 jobs locally as part of a nationwide commitment to create 2,500 positions across the UK by the end of the year.
Its new employees will have the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications while working at the fast food chain.
Meanwhile supermarket giant Tesco is creating 700 jobs in the area. The jobs will be created at the chain’s dot.com operation in Crawley.
The positive news coincided with figures that reveal the number of people out of work in the county has dropped by 130 in the last three months.
Unemployment dipped in the last month by 0.6% to 25,915 while in Brighton and Hove the figure fell from 6,136 to 6,057.
McDonald’s franchisee Ismet Turen, who owns six McDonald’s restaurants across the county, including four in Brighton, said: “In 2012 we added some fantastic crews from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job and may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join the world of work.
"As a local employer, I believe it’s important for all those who can, to continue giving young people in particular the chance to get workplace experience.
“I’m confident that in the year ahead there will be the same level of enthusiasm and talent from candidates across Sussex, and I’m looking forward to employing even more young people in my restaurants.”
Wendy Bell, general manager at Sussex Enterprise, said: “Overall, the unemployment figures in Sussex have remained virtually static with just a marginal fall over the last three months.
“Sussex businesses are able and willing to drive the recovery and create jobs at a time when the Government’s deficit reduction plan will inevitably cause the public sector to shrink. We support deficit reduction, but a more effective growth strategy is needed to enable private business to create new jobs.
“This requires further de-regulation, more forceful measures to support export and investment, and the creation of a business bank to improve access to finance for viable firms.”
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