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Job seekers’ figures down in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 13:26 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:26 16 December 2015

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The number of JSA claimants was down 20.2 per cent on last year

Unemployment is down in Bexley, according to figures released today.

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance in the borough in November 2015 was down by 5.8 per cent - 114 people - on the previous month, and 20.2 per cent - 472 people - on the previous year.

Sarah Hernandez, district operations manager for Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham, said: “We’re seeing good figures across the country and across South London and the local figures match that.

“We are seeing a more buoyant labour market with good opportunities recently through some local new store openings in Bromley and Bexley – we’re also seeing opportunities particularly in the hospitality sector, construction and driving.”

The figures reflected a positive trend throughout the capital and the UK as a whole.

Employment minister, Priti Patel, said: “We are ending the year on a high, with a record rate of employment, and wages continuing to grow.

“Today’s figures show half-a-million more people in work compared to this time last year across the UK, which means hundreds of thousands of families are going into the festive season with the security and hope for the future that work brings.

“In fact, the London employment rate has reached a new record high of 73 per cent.

“Next year we will build on this positive story with the introduction of the National Living Wage and the new offer of 30 hours free childcare for working families.

“In this way we are delivering the high-wage, low-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart that we know the British people want.”

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