Jobless joy as vacancies jump

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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.

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  3 comments for “Jobless joy as vacancies jump

  1. Peter Stewart
    May 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I wonder if would be possible to find out how many of those 15 hotel workers were from eastern EU satellite States.

    As Nigel Farage said in 2004, in a saturated labour market like ours, it is insanity to open our borders to a mass immigration of cheap EU labour as this inevitably increases unemployment for young British workers who cannot compete. This has proved to be the case.

    Clearly, once young unemployed people have become demoralized because they see NO HOPE OF EVER GETTING A JOB, some of them will simply give up altogether. No wonder the figures show a fall.

    We are witnessing an UNPRECEDENTED catastrophe here! There is no comparison to the great depression. As long as our borders remain open to the EU and as long as the massive labour rate differential exists between us and the eastern EU satellite States, cheap labour will continue to pour in (in ever increasing amounts as disposable income drops) while youth unemployment continues to rise. Britain must be sick to allow this!

  2. Stephen Slominski
    May 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Looks like EU citizens can’t win here Peter. If they not working they are ‘lazy benefit scroungers’ and if they get a job then they’re ‘stealing jobs from our children’!
    Is this just a case of ‘no foreigners here please’?
    I have to say though, my kids don’t want to work in a hotel (and neither do I!) so I would be interested to know how many are not UK born too because I think this is a (low paid) sector of the economy that Brits aren’t falling over themselves to work in.
    One thing I can tell you is that one of the guests has been a Croatian.
    I know this because he has written a review of of his stay on Tripadvisor.
    Showing an extraordinary grasp of English vernacular he describes the hotel as ‘crap’.
    This tells me he obviously hasn’t stayed at the Travelodge at Rainham services – or come to think of it the ‘Grand’ Hotel at Viareggio.
    I certainly can’t believe this hotel can even come close to that kind of standard.

  3. Peter Stewart
    May 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve nothing against eastern Europeans, only cheap labour. I believe it

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