The latest employment figures released today show that unemployment in Eastleigh is remaining obstinately high although the number of available vacancies has increased.
Nationally, the jobless rate jumped by 80,000 to 2.51 million with 1.58 million claiming Job seekers allowance at a £96 million per week cost to the government.
In Eastleigh the number of jobseekers has risen to 1,600 with the biggest rise being in the number of 18 – 24 year-olds looking for work.
Although there was a small in dip in the figures during June, the number has been stuck at 2% of the population for the last three quarters – although this figure is lower than the regional rate 2.6%.
Eastleigh South remains the borough’s employment blackspot with 13% of the popuation claiming key out of work benefits – that’s higher than the national average of 12%.
More positively the number of unfilled vacancies t the job centre has grown steadily over the last six months and now stands at 620 vacancies, up from 289 in March although at the height of the boom in 2007 the job centre would regularly have over a 1000 vacancies.
One local unemployed aged 54 said:
“There are definitely more jobs about, more variety and more permanent positions too. A few months ago it was all just part-time retail or cleaning”
“I now find I am being turned down for a much better class of job”