Eastleigh job vacancies continue to fall

The latest unemployment figures released last week show the number of people in Eastleigh claiming Job Seekers allowance has risen for the fifth month in a row to stand at 1630 with 4.5% of adults aged between 18 -24 on the dole. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 1 in 10 people in the borough, over 7,000 of the working population, are now claiming key benefits.

Meanwhile the number of jobs available to jobseekers has fallen for the sixth consecutive month – officially standing at 289 available jobs.

A search of vacancies on the job centre website, however, shows only 93 of these vacancies are actually located in Eastleigh itself.

This means there are now 17½ jobseekers chasing every local vacancy.

Since 2008, when the council announced it was creating 9,000 new jobs in the ‘Riverside’ development zone the number of jobseekers has in fact doubled, while the number of available job vacancies has halved.

Meanwhile over the same period, the number of job seekers has risen by 10,000 in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership area.

In January 2010 the council trumpeted in the local media that 400 jobs were to be created at the former railway works though these have yet to materialise.

The statistics also show the average wage in Eastleigh is considerably lower than the Regional or National Average.

Female workers in Eastleigh earn on average 22% less than male workers elsewhere in the South East according to the ONS.

Photo: Khalil Shah

  3 comments for “Eastleigh job vacancies continue to fall

  1. Matthew Myatt
    April 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

    You make a good point about the council claiming more jobs will be created..!!

    Who is the councilor who holds the portfolio for Business and Development..???

  2. Peter Stewart
    April 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I am fascinated by Eastleigh’s (apparent) youth unemployment figure of only 4.5%. Alas this statistic covers only those aged 18 to 24 so there is no way to compare it to the NATIONAL youth unemployment figure of 20% which covers those aged 16 to 24. So my question is: What is Eastleigh’s REAL youth unemployment figure?

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Yes Pete youth unemployment is higher than 4.5% which is the figure for those aged 18-24 claiming JSA- not those who are not in employment.

    Not everyone can claim JSA and there are those who don’t want to.

    You cannot claim JSA if you are aged under 18. If you are aged 16 – 18 and not in Education or employment you are classed as a NEET (acronym for: ‘on the scrapheap’)

    NEET stats are released annually and only show figures for Hampshire – not broken down to local authority level – so it’s difficult to assess how many 16 – 24 year olds are unemployed in Eastleigh.

    NEETism is a global phenomenon – in Japan there are large numbers of youths who aren’t employed don’t qualify for benefits and are supported by parents and go on to develop ‘hikikomori syndrome – becoming reclusive and not emerging from their bedrooms for weeks on end.

    Hang on,I already know people whose kids are like that….!

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