Eastleigh’s dole queue doubled in size last month according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
New data shows that employment in the UK now stands at a record 2.5 million while in Eastleigh there are now 1359 people claiming JSA, twice the number there were at the height of the boom in December 2007.
In January there were just 262 vacancies posted in the jobcentre – compared to 741 in October and 28% of jobseekers in Eastleigh have now been unemployed for more than six months
Although the claimant and unemployment rate across the constituency as a whole is lower than the national and regional average, the statistics suggest the recession is hitting the traditional working class heartland of Eastleigh far harder than its suburbs.
In Eastleigh South ward 4.1% of the population are claiming JSA and 800 people, or 16.1% of the ward, are receiving Key out of work benefits.
Both figures are above the national average and make the ward the biggest employment black spot in the Borough despite the presence of the nearby airport – a major employer.
Eastleigh is also experiencing a higher level of unemployment than neighbouring towns.
In Fareham it is 1.7%, Romsey 1.5% and Winchester 1.3%
Councillor for Eastleigh South, Brian Norgate (Lab) told Eastleigh News:
“The Lib Dems inherited a town with quality jobs and brought poverty”.
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