Employment is at record levels
OFFICIAL employment figures released on Wednesday show that there are now a record number of people in work in the South East.
Employment is now at its highest level since records began in 1971.
The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that unemployment nationally is at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975.
Minister for Employment Damian Hinds said: “The strength of the economy is helping people of all ages find work, from someone starting their first job after leaving education, to those who might be starting a new career later in life.
“There’s great news in the South East where there is a record number of people in work at 4.606 million and, at 79.6%, the employment rate is a new record high. At 3.2% the South East’s unemployment has fallen on the year and is 1.1% points below the national rate of 4.3%.
“But there is more to do and we will continue to build on our achievements through our employment programmes and the work of Jobcentre Plus.”