Unemployment figures drop throughout area

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THE NUMBER of 18-24 year olds out of work in the Chichester district has dropped by 34 per cent in the past year.

The data was released last week by the department of work and pensions.

Steve Wood, of Jobcentre Plus, said the 18-24 age group had been the ‘priority group’ the Chichester job centre was targeting.

“We obviously work very hard to achieve employment for people and we’ve been very successful,” he said.

“In fact the 18-24 year old level is something that’s dropped dramatically and that’s been the government’s primary group.”

He said the 30 per cent drop meant there were only 145 people in that age bracket claiming job seeker’s allowance.

Overall, Mr Wood said unemployment was down to 732 job seeker claimants in Chichester district, which is a 30 per cent drop on a year ago.

He said the area had seen a continuous drop in unemployment and he described the whole region as ‘positive’.

“We don’t have the issues down in the south east 
and in our area that they have in the north west,” he said.

“We can look at an age group now and work with them.”

He praised work done by employers in the area to give work experience, such as Premier Inn and Princes.