The number of residents finding employment has risen in the last month.

Nearly 350 more people are now employed after figures showed the number of those without jobs fell by 4.4 per cent from October to November, according to Croydon Council.

Youth unemployment is also down by 90, more than a 5 per cent drop in the last month.

The council have recently launched the Pathways to Employment initiative, a joint programme between Croydon Council, Jobcentre Plus and private sector companies.

About 16,000 jobs are being created as part of the programme which ensures they go to Croydon residents.

Councillor Vidhi Mohan, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said: “Yet again more good news about the continuing downward trend of unemployment in Croydon.

“These are significant numbers of people in the borough finding work and it is something we are determined to see continue throughout 2014.

“The Pathways to Employment initiative is really taking off and is providing a huge boost to both Croydon residents and the local economy.”