Employment increases in Brighton and Hove

THE number of workers on corporate payroll in Brighton continues to rise, according to new figures.

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest figure in 50 years, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics.

But soaring prices are still hurting the pockets of people across the country as incomes fail to keep up with inflation.

In Brighton and Hove, 127,606 people were in paid employment in March, according to ONS figures.

This figure was up from 126,390 the previous month and 119,436 in March 2021.

At the start of the pandemic, 125,023 people were gainfully employed in the region.

Figures show the UK’s unemployment rate hit 3.8% in the three months to February – it hasn’t been below that figure since 1974.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Statistics show the continued strength of our labor market, with the number of employees on payroll rising again in March and unemployment falling further below pre-pandemic levels. ”

However, the ONS said real pay was “falling significantly”, with regular wages excluding bonuses falling 1.8% after inflation in the three months to February, the biggest fall in almost nine years.

Labor called on Mr Sunak to ‘show the leadership the country needs’ amid the cost of living crisis, while Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said the Chancellor n hadn’t done much to help the families in the current. climate.

“By holding down public sector wages and cutting Universal Credit, he made the crisis worse,” Ms O’Grady said.

“Families need help now. Whoever is Chancellor tomorrow should come to Parliament with an emergency budget to help meet rising energy bills and raise wages.”

Mr Sunak acknowledged it was a “worrying time”, but highlighted the £22billion support the government is providing in 2022-23, including the household support fund.

Employment Minister and MP for Mid Sussex, Mims Davies, said the government is “doing everything it can to help”, including helping people get into better paid and better skilled work and increasing the national wage and the minimum wage.

Separate figures from the ONS also show there has been a fall in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the Brighton and Hove local authority area over the past year.

About 9,070 people were on unemployment benefits as of March 10, down 5,175 from 14,245 at the same time a year earlier.

This meant that 4.4% of the region’s working population sought help in March.

Figures include people aged 16-64 on Jobseeker’s Allowance and some Universal Credit claimants, who are unemployed and looking for work or who are employed but on low incomes .

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