Category: Unemployment

Local jobless figures edge up

The latest employment figures released today show that unemployment in Eastleigh is remaining obstinately high although the number of available vacancies has increased. Nationally, the jobless rate jumped by 80,000 to 2.51 million with 1.58 million claiming Job seekers allowance at a £96 million per week cost to the government. In Eastleigh the number of…

Freight company creates rail jobs

Rail Freight operator DB Schenker is looking for Management apprentices for their Eastleigh operations. The three year apprenticeship will cover all aspects of rail freight operations and apprentices will also be expected to learn to how drive a train! The company is looking for 13 apprentices nationwide as more freight is expected to transfer from road…

Local jobless count still rising

There was mixed news for Eastleigh jobseekers today as latest jobs figures released show a quarterly rise in local JSA claimants. Although the number had fallen from a peak of 2000 in January 2010, the latest figures Eastleigh have shown a rise for the third successive quarter. The total number of claimants in the Borough…

People spotted working in Eastleigh

Eastleigh News has uncovered evidence of manual work being undertaken in the town centre. In these remarkable photographs taken by photographer Matthew Myatt we see a team of men operating secretly, under cover of darkness while resurfacing Twyford Road on Friday night. Matthew was so surprised to find people in Eastleigh who were neither ,…

Eastleigh job vacancies continue to fall

The latest unemployment figures released last week show the number of people in Eastleigh claiming Job Seekers allowance has risen for the fifth month in a row to stand at 1630 with 4.5% of adults aged between 18 -24 on the dole. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 1 in 10 people in…

Inflation rockets to 5.5%

100 trillion dollar bill

The Chancellor is preparing to deliver his budget this afternoon against news that inflation has rocketed to 5.5%. The Office for National Statistics  released the latest figures for RPI yesterday which clearly shows effects of £200 billion of money printing -Quantative easing – has started to filter through to the wider economy. Even the government…

17 people now chasing every vacancy

Eastleigh News can reveal that there are now 17 jobseekers in the borough chasing every vacancy. The unemployment figures released yesterday showed that there were 1600 jobseekers in Eastleigh a 14% increase on last quarter – three times the number of unemployed in 2001. The figures also claimed there were 378 vacancies available in Eastleigh…

Eastleigh jobless in 14% rise

Eastleigh jobcentre

The Latest government figures show unemployment continues to rise  in Eastleigh having jumped by 14% in the last quarter. The number of people claiming job seekers allowance has  risen for the consecutive fourth month and now stands at 1600 people – three times the number of jobseekers there were in 2001. The unemployment is concentrated in the…

Family living rough in council car park

Amanda and her daughter are homeless

As darkness fell across the Civic Offices car park and councillors scuttled from their cars to another meeting Amanda Denton drew her duvet closer to her and vowed: “I’m going to be here as long as it takes.” Amanda, a 38 year old lorry driver and her 18 year-old-daughter – an Eastleigh college student –…

Eastleigh dole queue doubles

Eastleigh’s dole queue doubled in size last month according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. New data shows that employment in the UK now stands at a record 2.5 million while in Eastleigh there are now 1359 people claiming JSA, twice the number there were at the height of the boom…

UK jobs on farewell tour

Drivers in the Eastleigh area have been warned to expect delays in the forthcoming week as abnormal loads crawl through the borough en route from Reading to Poland. Huge brewing silos are being shipped from the former Courage brewery in Reading to a new brewery in Poland which will brew beer for export to Britain.…

Jobless locals outnumber tourists

Passengers at Southampton Airport were outnumbered by the jobless by almost 2-1 on Wednesday as the Airport held its first careers fair. Around 5000 people visited the airport in five hours for a chance of applying for one of 100 jobs on offer – which included UNPAID vacancies. Hampshire Constabulary – who last year last…

Airport to create 100 jobs

Despite steadily falling passenger numbers throughout 2010 – which saw passenger traffic well below the highs of 2007/08 -Eastleigh based Southampton Airport has announced plans to recruit 100 new employees throughout 2011 to join the team of 1,200 staff. The roles will be spread across airport’s 30 different companies, which all contribute to the successful…

Cleaners on Strike at local Hospital

“What do we want? Back pay! When do we want it? Now!” chanted cleaners as they marched around Southampton General this morning. Hundreds of NHS cleaners, employed by Compass Medirest, came out on a 48 hour strike in Southampton and Buckinghamshire – where they were also joined by porters and catering staff. They claim they…

Patient’s Indian Takeaway

Hospital patients in Eastleigh will, in future, have their confidential medical notes and letters typed by foreign nationals working for a private third party company thousands of miles away in India it was revealed yesterday. Winchester and Eastleigh Health Care Trust (WEHCT) who run the Royal Hants County Hospital and is the major NHS provider…