Eastleigh jobless figures continue to fall

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The number of people who are unemployed n Eastleigh  as measured by the number of job seekers claiming JSA has dropped for the eighth month in a row. There are now 1,462 jobseekers in Eastleigh or 1.9% of the local working age population – down from 1,750 , or 2.2%, in March .

This is still double the pre-recession levels. In December 2007 there were just 723 jobseekers in Eastleigh or 0.9%.

There is good news too for those looking for work as the number of job vacancies advertised at Eastleigh Job Centre has leaped from 256 in January to 916 last month.

The figures, released today by the Office for National Statistics, are in line with the national employment trend which shows there is now a record number of people in work in the UK.  The total number of people out of work dropped last month by 50,000 to 2,53 million (or 7.9%)  with just 1.57 million of them claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

Other figures recently released by the ONS reveal that 19% of people aged 16 -64 in Eastleigh can be described as ‘economically inactive’ – that’s 15,000 people 4,200 of whom say they want a job.

The average gross weekly wage in the borough, according to the ONS, now stands at £543.

See latest job vacancies in Eastleigh here

  2 comments for “Eastleigh jobless figures continue to fall

  1. October 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This is nonsense. It is based on the number of people CLAIMING benefit. This is both unfair and unreliable given that you have to be 18 years old to claim JSA benefit in the first place. So no information from 16 to 18 age range is added to these statistics and so this is just pure spin from the ONS.

    Those on short term sickness benefit are also discounted from the figures as are those who have only been claiming benefit for 6 months or less.

    • Charlie
      October 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      I don’t disagree about the limitations of this, Matthew, but it isn’t nonsense. It is a down-ward trend over 8 months using the same data (as far as I know) which should be welcomed.

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