JOBLESS residents in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton have jumped in number by 50 per cent in the past year.
The latest figures revealed by the Department of Works and Pensions on Tuesday shows a claimant count of 1,080 in the towns. This is 250 more than last December.
But the figure still remains well below the level of five years ago. The number of claimants is 223 fewer – or 17 per cent – compared to 2013.
For the Arun district, the claimant count stands at 1,370 for an increase of 315.
This is also a 30 per cent rise. The figure compared to 2013 is 16 per cent – or 748 people – less than five years ago. But the statistics were accompanied by a warning that the launch of universal credit in the area last July was likely to mean claimant count would rise.
Nationally, the job figures are the best ever, with 32.48m people in work.