Unemployment as measured by number of JSA (formerly dole) claimants has dropped for the second month running.
Having previously seen a run of nine small consecutive rises, the rate dropped 0.2% to end at the same level of 2.0% that it was in April 2011.
The number of seekers has stubbornly hovered around the 2% marker for over a year however the area is below both the regional 2.6% and half the national average of and 4%
There are now 1588 job seekers in the Borough compared to 1750 in March.
The highest number of unemployed people seeking work in Eastleigh was in January 2010 when 2,094 were signing on.
As manufacturing has moved abroad the council has steered the local economy towards retail and leisure and despite the large number of shop closures in the town -Eastleigh has third highest number shop voids of any town in Hampshire – there are still employment opportunities to be found in the sector
Travelodge recently opened a new budget hotel in the town centre employing 15 staff, all of whom were referred by the Job Centre.
The number of available job vacancies at the Centre also jumped last month – there are now 690 vacancies as opposed to only 387 – however a previous analysis of vacancies offered a t Eastleigh showed a large proportion of casual or part time work and vacancies posted that were for jobs outside of the Borough.