Business numbers rise while unemployment falls

Showcasing job opportunities while helping people show off their talents and fulfil their ambitions is why Amber Rudd says she stages her Job Fairs.

Sussex Coast College was again the destination for jobseekers today. Thy were able to meet around 40 innovative exhibitors that were showing what their businesses have to offer to those looking for work.

Among the exhibitors were the Job Fair’s three main sponsors; Holograph Ltd, Apex Prime Care and Lets Do Business Group.

Visiting the fair Ms Rudd said: “It’s brilliant to be able to hold my ninth Jobs Fair. Every year we have the same aim and that is to promote the fantastic depth of talent Hastings and Rye has in its workforce.

Jobs Fair with Barclays
Hastings’ MP Amber Rudd with staff from Barclays Bank, one of the businesses exhibiting at the Jobs Fair.

“Unemployment figures have fallen, while the amount of businesses trading in our towns has risen, which is very encouraging. Although there is still plenty of work to be done, we can be proud of the progress we are making.”

In its ninth year the fair has helped jobseekers find and explore job opportunities whether in an industry they have worked in before or a completely new one. The Fair, says MsRudd, is about showcasing local vacancies and for people to fulfil their talents and ambitions.

She says: “The national unemployment rate continues to remain at the lowest level it has been since 1975. Locally, Hastings and Rye is experiencing some of its best employment figures since 2010, with the number of young people  between 18 and 24 who are out of work having been halved since 2010.”

She also claims that wages in Hastings having risen in both cash and real terms, alongside a decrease of nearly 40 per cent in the number of people in Hastings and Rye claiming out of work benefits, according to the alternative claimant count.

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