Eastleigh News can reveal that there are now 17 jobseekers in the borough chasing every vacancy.
The unemployment figures released yesterday showed that there were 1600 jobseekers in Eastleigh a 14% increase on last quarter – three times the number of unemployed in 2001.
The figures also claimed there were 378 vacancies available in Eastleigh Jobcentre – however some simple research undertaken by Eastleigh News today shows that only 93 of these vacancies are actually in Eastleigh and of these only 56 are full time permanent positions.
The number of actual job centre vacancies in Eastleigh was determined by querying the jobseekers direct website, this is the same website Eastleigh job centre staff advises jobseekers to use and displays the same vacancies as those posted inside the jobcentre itself.
The query was for ‘all jobs’ with ‘any hours’ both full time and permanent, in a 15 mile radius of SO50 5PB (Eastleigh Jobcentre) .
A local unemployed man aged 54, who did not wish to be named reacted angrily to the news:
“These figures show how the local jobs market has collapsed over the decade as Industry has moved away from Eastleigh to be replaced by a handful of retail jobs.
The full extent of this jobs holocaust is being concealed by deliberate underreporting of the jobless total – by concentrating on only those who are eligible to claim JSA -and by the over reporting of vacancies by including job vacancies which are being posted elsewhere in the country, in local search results.”
Eastleigh News bloggers had been hoping for a chance to meetthe Ed Davey the Liberal Democrat Minister for Unemployment who was visiting Wessex House in Eastleigh on Friday.
It seemed an ideal opportunity to quiz the minister about the latest jobless statistics on behalf of its 5000 regular readers but sadly, we were not invited.
Eastleigh News contributor Stephen Slominski, aged 54, said:
“I really don’t know what the problem is. The local Labour Party invited me along to speak to Ed Milliband and Ed Balls when they were in town and the Conservatives arranged for some time with both Theresa May and David Willets – they all seem to have survived the ordeal unscathed.”
Ed Davey the Lib Dem minister for unemployment has been in the news recently for supporting the loss of 500 jobs at his local hospital just under half of whom will be nurses, midwives and health visitors while claiming on his website that “staff can be reduced without affecting the quality of care.”
Prior to the election he had fought a campaign to save the Hospital from cuts when he promised:
“Liberal Democrats will fight this at every stage, and have already pledged to have no frontline health cuts.”