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.
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