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Big drop in unemployment in Sussex but more needs to be done warn experts
Business leaders have hailed the huge fall in unemployment in Sussex.
But more needs to be done to solve persistent unemployment among young people, it has been warned.
In the past six months, unemployment figures in Sussex have dropped, with more than 5,000 fewer people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.
Unemployment in the last month in Sussex has fallen by more than 600 claimants alone.
This brings the figure to 22,193 across the county.
In Brighton and Hove, the number of jobless fell last month by 310 people to 5,272.
The news comes as figures reveal that average weekly earnings in the South East rose year-on-year by 3.1% to £626.
But unemployment among 16 to 17 year olds in the area remained stubbornly high at 35%.
Wendy Bell, general manager at Sussex Enterprise, the county's chamber of commerce, said: “The private sector is demonstrating that it is determined and able to create jobs and we look forward to continued success in Sussex.
“The continuing reduction in unemployment figures continues the trend we've seen over the last six months and helps to underpin hopes for further economic recovery, all national reports from sector based organisations seem to confirm that the general trend is positive.
“The national picture is more concerning with youth and long term unemployment rising.”
Michael Divers, boss at Human Resources firm Bold HR in Victoria Street, Brighton, said: “Along with the recent positive economic indicators, this continued downward trend in unemployment is good news.
“It suggests growing confidence by businesses to invest in jobs to drive their growth as the economy picks up.
“It is therefore vital that businesses focus on engaging with their people and developing their skills to make the most of these opportunities.
“Getting people fully behind what the business wants to achieve is essential.
“Recent research on employee engagement shows that organisations with better engaged and motivated staff, deliver better results including improved customer service. With so many service sector businesses in Brighton, this is a real opportunity for us.”
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