Claimant numbers down – but jobless still up

No long term umemployed here please. Go hang around the Swan Centre instead. Put their footfall figures up....

Employment figures released today show the employment situation in Eastleigh is following the national trend. While the number of people claiming the dole in Eastleigh dropped by 127, the number of local people classed as ‘economically inactive’ jumped by 500.

1 in 6 people of working age in Eastleigh are not in work.

As one jobless man explained.:

” I was one of 150 Ford workers from Eastleigh who were made redundant last May. I was claiming dole for 6 months, which most people are entitled to do, but after that , unless you are virtually destitute,you get nothing and they take you off their books…but I am still out of work For me and hundreds of people who were signing on with me, the situation has now become more desperate, not improved, as we now no longer qualify for benefit”

“Just when you need financial help the most the government withdraw it to punish you for not finding a job.’

“I paid over £60,000 in National Insurance contributions during 34 years of employment, now I have lost my job it seems all I am entitled to is £1600.”

“The Echo said a couple of months ago that the Railway were taking on 400. These figures show that never happened. I sent them (Knights Rail) my CV and I never even received an acknowledgement”

On Monday night members of the ‘Eastleigh Strategic Partnership’ were presented with a report into the impact of the recession in Eastleigh.

In the report Economic Researcher Joanne Hansell showed that:

  • Unemployment has doubled in the borough
  • House repossessions are up
  • The worst affected areas are Eastleigh Central and Eastleigh South wards where unemployment is above the national average.

The ‘Independent’ reported Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May as saying:

“With fewer people in work and fewer jobs in the economy, there is now a real fear of a jobless recovery under Labour. Long-term unemployment is continuing to grow and more people are giving up on work altogether, disappearing from the unemployment figures.

Are you , or do you know anyone, who is out of work in Eastleigh but not able to claim benefit ?


  2 comments for “Claimant numbers down – but jobless still up

  1. Peter Stewart
    March 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    So! Tory shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May said:

    “With fewer people in work and fewer jobs in the economy….” (NOTE THE WORD ORDER)!!!

    Why has she put the cart before the horse? Instead of saying, “With fewer people in work and fewer jobs in the economy”, she SHOULD have said , “With fewer jobs in the economy and fewer people in work etc.” But she didn’t. She reversed the wording. Why?

    Because she knows if the Tories win the Election, they would be powerless under EU open borders legislation to control the mass immigration of cheap EU labour (one of the two main causes of the “fewer people in work” which Theresa May has observed.

    Also under the EU anti-tariff legislation, all of which the Tories support, especially with Turkey, the Tories would be powerless to stop the mass export of British manufacturing jobs.

    It is worth noting that since 2004 when EU enlargment occurred and our borders were opened the unemployment rate among 16 to 25 years olds has soared to almost a million, from 12% to 17%!

    Tory politicians are lying through their teeth. They know that life in EU Britain will be all rosy for them as a result of handsome payments from the EU slush fund, but for the rest of us, it will be increasingly a life destined to fewer and fewer jobs.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      I picked out that one qoute from Theresa May but could have picked out any of a dozen as she was all over the media today on this.
      She seemed to me the only commentator who had a handle on what these latest statisitcs are telling us – that jobseekers over 50 have been abandoned.
      I of course ‘interviewed’ myself as my story is fairly typical of other unemployed people I know..also I wanted to take another swipe at the preposterous ‘400 Railway Jobs’ story which must have started with the council and is now featuring on Lib Dem election materials.
      I am surprised at the Echo for agreeing to print such utter crap.
      I was also interested to see that home reposessions are on the rise in Eastleigh…despite base rates being at 0.5%.
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