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 ?