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Brighton and Hove leads Sussex recovery with 3% drop in unemployment
Unemployment in Brighton and Hove fell by 3% last month.
The jobless total in the city dropped from 6,268 to 6,078 while unemployment across the county overall also fell.
Brighton and Hove’s success masked a patchy picture in other parts of the county.
While the city saw a reduction of 190 in the number who are unemployed, across Sussex as a whole the jobless total only dropped from 26,378 to 26,209 – a fall of 169.
Wendy Bell, general manager at Sussex Enterprise, said the figures show the economy in the region was heading in the right direction.
She said: “The latest Sussex job market figures are encouraging, with a marginal fall each month since June. It is heading in the right direction.
“Nationally the level of employment is at a record high, and the fall in the level of inactivity is a positive development, signalling that people are returning to the workforce.
“However, there is little doubt that the economy has been stagnant for too long, and forceful measures are needed to ensure that we return to sustainable positive growth.
“The Government must build on the positive job figures, with measures to help businesses grow and create jobs.
“An effective growth strategy should include further deregulation, increased infrastructure spending and rapid implementation of the decision to create a business bank.
“If the trend in employment is reversed, the Government should not hesitate to reduce employer National Insurance contributions to improve the ability of businesses to take on staff.”
Julia Chanteray, president of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s good to see that unemployment in Brighton & Hove, at 3.4%, remains well below the national figure of 7.9%, which is a huge testament to the local economy and to the resilience of the city’s businesses in the face of recession across the rest of the country.
“However, the actual fall in unemployment is tiny, which shows that the Government is still not supporting businesses properly. The real answer to unemployment is a return in this country to growth.”
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