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Unemployment falls across the South

Unemployment has fallen again in the region - according to latest figures.

In the 3 months to December it dropped by 37,000. Nationally it has continued to fall. The Office for national statistics also found more women are in work than since records began in 1971.

ITV Meridian spoke to Esther McVey MP, the Minister for Employment about the figures.

Duke visits Sussex to learn about on the job training

The Duke of York, has visited Sussex today to see first hand the results of vocational training. Prince Andrew spent time with a charity that is transforming the lives of unemployed teenagers. WorkingRite helps provide hands on training to prepare people for work.

The Duke has been an ambassador for British business around the world for several years. He also champions training schemes that equip young people with modern business skills. Andrea Thomas reports.


  1. Christine Alsford

Opinion divided on usefulness of Government's Work Programme to get unemployed into jobs

The Government claims that its flagship back to work scheme, the Work Programme, has taken tens of thousands of claimants off of benefits and transformed people's lives for the better.

However recently released figures have found that in half of the areas where the Work Programme is in force, participants would have been more likely to get a job if they had not taken part.

ITV Meridian's Social Affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been looking at the view from the South.

Jobs minister on 6.6% rise in region's unemployment

The Employment Minister and Fareham MP, Mark Hoban, has been talking about the disappointing unemployment figures for the South East, published on Wednesday 20 March.

Numbers for the last financial quarter released by the Office for National Statistics, reveal that unemployment in the region has increased by 6.6%, with 16,000 more people unemployed.

While there may have been an increase in the number of people in the labour market out of work, the South East remains the region with the second lowest level of unemployment in the UK after the South West.


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Union: Young bearing the brunt of UK 'jobs crisis'

Today's figures confirm our fears that economic stagnation has finally caught up with the jobs market.

Young people are bearing the brunt of our jobs crisis, with the number of unemployed youngsters up 48,000 and approaching a million again.

The news for those in work is not much better, with the gap between wages and the rising cost of living getting even wider.

We won't see a proper recovery in the jobs market until we get growth back into the economy. That's why the Chancellor must change course and prioritise jobs, growth and living standards in his Budget today.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary
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