There was mixed news for Eastleigh jobseekers today as latest jobs figures released show a quarterly rise in local JSA claimants.
Although the number had fallen from a peak of 2000 in January 2010, the latest figures Eastleigh have shown a rise for the third successive quarter.
The total number of claimants in the Borough now stands at 1,594 although there is also some good news as the month on month figure has recorded a drop of 0.1% and the number of advertised job vacancies rose in April to 338 from only 289 vacancies in March – however at the peak of the boom in December 2007 there were over 1000 vacancies – a situation when there were more vacancies than job seekers.
Although the number of vacancies in Eastleigh Jobcentre has risen, it is a poor indicator of the state of the local labour market as only a third of them – around 100 jobs – are actually in the Borough.
Some of the advertised vacancies are for jobs as distant as Birmingham or Daventry.
The number of 18 -24 year old claiming JSA has also increased month on month by 0.1% to 435 which is the six consecutive monthly increase for young out-of-work people.
The number of claimants in Eastleigh South also rose by 1% m.o.m and is now 4.5%.
The ward is a local employment black spot with the highest percentage of unemployed people in the Borough.
Interestingly it also has the lowest percentage turnout in elections.