Brighton and Hove jobless figures rise

Posted On 18 Aug 2011 at 1:55 am

More people are claiming jobseeker´s allowance in Brighton and Hove than a month ago, according to official figures.

The figures for the area served by Brighton and Hove City Council suggest the biggest rise for more than two years

The total claimant count for July, which was published yesterday (Wednesday 17 August) shows 6,399 jobseekers, up 329 from 6,070 in June.

The total is, however, down on the 6,477 claimants in July last year.

In Brighton Kemptown the number of claimants last month was 2,208, up from 2,125 in June but down from the 2,273 in July last year.

In Brighton Pavilion there were 2,268 claimants last month, up from 2,110 in June but down from 2,386 in July last year.

In Hove there were 2,227 claimants last month up from 2,130 in June and 2,124 in July last year.

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, welcomed news that unemployment had fallen in his constituency over the past year.

He said: ‘I am delighted with this year-on-year fall but there is still a long way to go – especially in relation to young people.

“The coalition government’s work programme should assist many people who are looking for work, and new opportunities are being created regarding apprenticeships for young people.”

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