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.