Horsham district has second lowest rate of job-seekers in Sussex

Unemployment in Horsham district is the second joint-lowest across Sussex as the rate of job-seekers shrank from 1.9 to 1.6 per cent from February to June 2012.

The number of unemployed people rose in February, but has fallen each month since, down to 1,295 from 1,530 in February, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday July 18.

Only Mid-Sussex had lower numbers, with Wealden on par with Horsham.

Wendy Bell, general manager at Sussex Enterprise, said: “The latest unemployment figures are encouraging following the recent pessimism about the UK economy.

“It is clear that the private sector is creating jobs while public sector employment is shrinking.

“These positive job figures must be supported by important policy measures, such as more deregulation and improved access to finance, to help businesses drive recovery.

“ONS figures show a puzzling contrast between the growth in jobs and the decline in GDP.”