Unemployment in Eastleigh continues to be at a two year high according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.
The number of people out of work and claiming job seekers allowance (JSA) has increased for the third month running. Last month there were 685 people claiming jobseekers allowance. This is a 24% increase since September 2016 when there were 520 people drawing JSA in the Borough and it is the largest number of people signing on since September 2014.
Nationally, the number of people unemployed fell slightly, by 52,000.
Although the number of jobseekers in Eastleigh is rising it still represents only 0.9% of the working age population – less than half of the national claimant count but the figures mask the total number of people who are out of work as many are unable to claim benefit. The last quarterly data on Eastleigh’s unemployment was published by the ONS in March and recorded that there were 2,200 people in Eastleigh classed as unemployed which represents 3.1% of the working age people (this is a ‘model-based’ estimate).
While claimant figures are not ‘seasonally adjusted the approaching festive period should see an improvement in Eastleigh’s jobless figures as businesses take on more staff.
In a statement Damien Hinds the minister for employment said:
“Our economy is helping to create full time, permanent jobs which are giving people across the UK the chance of securing a reliable income.
“We’ve boosted the income for people on the lowest pay by increasing the National Living Wage and delivered the fastest pay rise for the lowest earners in 20 years.
“That’s great progress and we’re determined to help more people flourish in the world of work.
“For example we’ve launched our new returnship programme to help more women get into good jobs after taking time out, and to keep their career progressing.”
Jobless data source: Nomis