Number of people without work in Sussex the lowest in history

The number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance has reached a record low in Brighton and Hove

The number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance has reached a record low in Brighton and Hove

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THE number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has plummeted to a record low.

Government figures released yesterday show that 3,905 people claimed the benefit in Brighton and Hove in June this year – working out at 2% of the city’s population.

The figure is down from 5,272 in June 2013 – 2.7% of the city’s population – and is at its lowest rate since records began in 1992.

An increase in jobseekers becoming self-employed has been credited with helping the drop, as well as work experience and training schemes leading to employment.

Nationally, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant rates fell to 2.4% from 3.5% during the same period.

Tim Smith, of Brighton Jobcentre Plus, said: “It’s quite remarkable the way the figures have come down.

“Although we’re barely out of the recession, rates of JSA claimants are now below what they were before the recession started. In Brighton, we’ve put a lot of effort into working with partners across the city, including the council and various training providers, to help guide people back into work.

“One successful programme in particular is our New Enterprise Allowance scheme, where people receiving benefits are being given a lot of support in starting their own businesses.

“The programme provides business mentors help with creating a business plan and financial support for the first six months of trading to help people with their transition from being on benefits to running their own company. It’s a national programme but it works especially well here in Brighton because of the self-starter attitude the city seems to have. The city is home to lots of new start-ups and SMEs and people are taking advantage of that.”

In Worthing, only 966 people – 1.5% of the town’s population – were claiming JSA in June. The number is down from 1,577 in June 2013.

At county level, West Sussex saw a dramatic drop from 9,266 to 5,840 (1.9% to 1.2%) and East Sussex figures dropped from 8,339 to 5,830 (2.7% to 1.9%).

The figures were announced alongside news that unemployment in the South East – including Sussex – had dropped by 28,000 to 205,000. Nationally unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million.

Jason Kitcat, Green leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said the city is one of the fastest recovering locations in the country and generated a higher rate of employment growth in 2013 than London.He added: “The fall in JSA rates across the city is testament to our thriving labour market and local business successes.

“We believe Brighton and Hove is one of the best locations in the country to start a business, with the right mix of skills, local demand and access to global markets.

“Through a range of targeted grant and support packages we aim to raise the bar again in 2014.” Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove, said the figures showed the government’s economic recovery plan remained strong.

He said: “These figures highlight how the government’s economic plans are making a significant difference to the country.”

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7:51am Thu 17 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Is the Home Office doing it's Job at Long last then ?
Is the Home Office doing it's Job at Long last then ? chrismilo
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9:51am Thu 17 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

People forced into low paid short term jobs so that the employers can make more profit. The economy is doing well if you are employing people like this. Zero hours contracts, part time jobs, low paid self employed people struggling to get enough work to keep them going - and all these people are now off the unemployed register and the figures look great for the likes of Ian Duncan Smith and the newly promoted Esther McVey.
More working people are now having to resort to foodbanks and welfare top-ups because they cannot afford to live on desperately low wages.
£6.50 per hour for a 40 hour week = £260 per week gross. Take off the national insurance and tax (yes there will be some here) and a good "hard working person" will be left with around £220 per week for all their hard work.
I'd like to see Mr Duncan Smith live on that.
People forced into low paid short term jobs so that the employers can make more profit. The economy is doing well if you are employing people like this. Zero hours contracts, part time jobs, low paid self employed people struggling to get enough work to keep them going - and all these people are now off the unemployed register and the figures look great for the likes of Ian Duncan Smith and the newly promoted Esther McVey. More working people are now having to resort to foodbanks and welfare top-ups because they cannot afford to live on desperately low wages. £6.50 per hour for a 40 hour week = £260 per week gross. Take off the national insurance and tax (yes there will be some here) and a good "hard working person" will be left with around £220 per week for all their hard work. I'd like to see Mr Duncan Smith live on that. Max Ripple
  • Score: 6

9:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

RobO. says...

I imagine that jobless numbers are at a low in June in Brighton every year - summer jobs have starts so that reduces things, and all of the students are still registered as students. I bet the numbers rise for this month as all those who stay lose their student status!
I imagine that jobless numbers are at a low in June in Brighton every year - summer jobs have starts so that reduces things, and all of the students are still registered as students. I bet the numbers rise for this month as all those who stay lose their student status! RobO.
  • Score: 4

10:36am Thu 17 Jul 14

martyt says...

the figures are falling due to people moved on to other benefits ,ie ESA or becoming self employed with no real jobs ,
the figures are falling due to people moved on to other benefits ,ie ESA or becoming self employed with no real jobs , martyt
  • Score: 0

10:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

Of course no mention that a majority of those claiming JSA only get it for six months and after that it's tough luck, you're on you're own. Somewhat massages the figures.
Of course no mention that a majority of those claiming JSA only get it for six months and after that it's tough luck, you're on you're own. Somewhat massages the figures. Fight_Back
  • Score: 0

12:27pm Thu 17 Jul 14

maxiboy_ says...

Nonsense statistics coming out of the establishment's mouth as we near a general election. They are terrified of UKIP and they ought to be.
Nonsense statistics coming out of the establishment's mouth as we near a general election. They are terrified of UKIP and they ought to be. maxiboy_
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

FC says...

"BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?"

We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea.

"Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks.

This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else.

The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know.
"BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?" We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea. "Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks. This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else. The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know. FC
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

if you add all the people who have been " sanctioned " then the true unemployment figures will be a lot higher........just a con..........there are thousands of people been taken off the list of people receiving jobseekers allowance...they want you to think that they are doing the right thing, getting people back into work, when they are actually blackmailing people to carry out things or they get sanctioned. having no money at all..........cruel action.
if you add all the people who have been " sanctioned " then the true unemployment figures will be a lot higher........just a con..........there are thousands of people been taken off the list of people receiving jobseekers allowance...they want you to think that they are doing the right thing, getting people back into work, when they are actually blackmailing people to carry out things or they get sanctioned. having no money at all..........cruel action. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

FC wrote:
"BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?"

We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea.

"Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks.

This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else.

The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know.
From that post it is quite obvious you've never had the misfortune of trying to find a job in a market as it is now. "You're over qualified" or "You're over experienced" quotes have never been more greatly used than now.
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: "BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?" We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea. "Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks. This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else. The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know.[/p][/quote]From that post it is quite obvious you've never had the misfortune of trying to find a job in a market as it is now. "You're over qualified" or "You're over experienced" quotes have never been more greatly used than now. Fight_Back
  • Score: 4

5:52pm Thu 17 Jul 14

another argus reader says...

I presume the pitiful carcass of today's Jobs section is there to provide balance to this story?
I presume the pitiful carcass of today's Jobs section is there to provide balance to this story? another argus reader
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

FC wrote:
"BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?"

We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea.

"Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks.

This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else.

The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know.
“Long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; Some long term unemployed have a valid reason for not working I.E. long term illness or sickness or even disability but I bet you didn’t take that into account when you thought ill have a poke ha but yes its good to hear you are one of the few but you must be more considerate towards those of use that may not lack the will to work but suffer daily duo to illness, sickness and disability we did not ask to be this way and one day you may be this way but until then your not understand how it affects use sickness and disabled.
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: "BUT WER R DA JOBZ DEN?" We're still in the s**t. Companies are downsizing and steamlining. If you're unlucky enough to lose your job, whinging isn't going to help. Taking any job to try to make ends meet is a good idea. "Oh, but I'm a fully qualified analyst for Human Resources. I was earning 40k a year". Well, now you're not. Yes, it suck. Yes, it's hard. Yes, s**t happens. Take that retail job for a few months, sign up to a temping agency for a couple weeks. This is what people are doing. There's no twisting of the figures. People are finally realising that they either need to take anything or go and re-qualify for something else. The long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; "OMG I DROPT OWT OV SKOOL AGED 12. I DUN NEEDZ SKOOL. BUT I WANNA ERN 100K A YEAR IN A OFFIS. WHY CANT I GIT A JOBZ LYK DAT?". I really don't know.[/p][/quote]“Long term unemployed, however, will always be unemployed; Some long term unemployed have a valid reason for not working I.E. long term illness or sickness or even disability but I bet you didn’t take that into account when you thought ill have a poke ha but yes its good to hear you are one of the few but you must be more considerate towards those of use that may not lack the will to work but suffer daily duo to illness, sickness and disability we did not ask to be this way and one day you may be this way but until then your not understand how it affects use sickness and disabled. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

11:07pm Thu 17 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

An increase in jobseekers going onto work experience and training schemes has been credited with helping the drop are but they are still unemployed regardless of the government figures released what the government figures dote tell you is how many are on these work experience and training schemes and lets not forget those that have been "sanctioned" if these where taking out of the initials figures the low would not be so low plus as Max Ripple has stated “People forced into low paid short term jobs” Zero hours contracts, part time jobs, low paid self employed,
£6.50 per hour for a 40 hour week = £260 per week gross. Take off the national insurance and tax (yes there will be some here) and a good "hard working person" will be left with around £220 per week for all their hard work. Yes fokes the government figures hide the truth of getting people back into work another thing these figures dote show is the hike in top up benefits for the low paid worker that’s it chaps the government have freely supplied use with rose tinted glasses so we cant see what they are truthfully hiding behind there so called low unemployed figures.
An increase in jobseekers going onto work experience and training schemes has been credited with helping the drop are but they are still unemployed regardless of the government figures released what the government figures dote tell you is how many are on these work experience and training schemes and lets not forget those that have been "sanctioned" if these where taking out of the initials figures the low would not be so low plus as Max Ripple has stated “People forced into low paid short term jobs” Zero hours contracts, part time jobs, low paid self employed, £6.50 per hour for a 40 hour week = £260 per week gross. Take off the national insurance and tax (yes there will be some here) and a good "hard working person" will be left with around £220 per week for all their hard work. Yes fokes the government figures hide the truth of getting people back into work another thing these figures dote show is the hike in top up benefits for the low paid worker that’s it chaps the government have freely supplied use with rose tinted glasses so we cant see what they are truthfully hiding behind there so called low unemployed figures. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

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