Eastleigh jobless in 14% rise

The Latest government figures show unemployment continues to rise  in Eastleigh having jumped by 14% in the last quarter. The number of people claiming job seekers allowance has  risen for the consecutive fourth month and now stands at 1600 people – three times the number of jobseekers there were in 2001.

The unemployment is concentrated in the unparished Town wards and Eastleigh south continues to be the borough employment black spot with 13.4% of residents (665) claiming key out-of-work benefits – more than the national average.

In contrast more affluent areas like Grange Park in Hedge End, only 190 residents– or 4.2% of the ward population -are claiming key out-of-work benefits.

An Eastleigh resident aged 54 – who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news:

There is real deprivation in Eastleigh with rising unemployment, rising food prices and scarcity of accommodation.

It is hardly surprising that three of the councillors on Eastleigh Local Area Committee have left the Lib Dems so that they can better represent the interests of their voters

The interactive graph below shows quarterly JSA claimant figures for Eastleigh since 2001.

  3 comments for “Eastleigh jobless in 14% rise

  1. easypeasy
    March 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I am surprised the Chairman of Eastleigh UKIP has not commented on the reason he thinks unemployment has tripled since 2001.

  2. March 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Prehaps he has been made unemployed.??

  3. Peter Stewart
    March 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    From 2000 to 2004, unemployment in Britain stabilzed at 12%. Then in 2004 we opened our borders to the entire working population of Eastern Europe! Suddenly there was a massive labour rate differential and no regulation to prevent the inevitable: A mass immigration of cheap EU labour. Youth unemployment rose from 2004 to 2010 from 12% to 17% and then over the last 9 months has risen another 3% points to more than 20%. Do not be conned by % points. This 3% points rise on top of 17% is actually an increase in real terms of 17.6 %. Give that some thought and you will see why voting UKIP is the only sensible option.

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