MORE people in Portsmouth are in work, according to the latest unemployment figures.
The Office for National Statistics released its monthly figures yesterday, which show that 1,993 people were claiming out-of-work benefits in November, down from 2,065 in October.
Even accounting for the seasonal figures, looking at last year we have got 725 less people claiming jobseekers allowanceLeone Hill, JobCentre Plus
The numbers are also down in Gosport where 571 claimed the benefit, down from 582.
Both Fareham and Havant saw a slight increase.
In Fareham, 425 people claimed out-of-work benefits, up from 414, and in Havant, there were 1,079 claims, up from 1,034.
Leone Hill, employer account manager at JobCentre Plus in Portmouth, said: ‘We are delighted.
‘It just carries on the trend that has been going on for the past year.
‘Even accounting for the seasonal figures, looking at past year we have got 725 fewer people claiming jobseekers’ allowance.
‘And there is an even bigger drop in young people out of work. We have had some new openings in Portsmouth with the new Tesco in Fratton and B&M in Farlington.
‘Lots of smaller employers have been taking on more people too.
‘It’s quite a good picture.’
The Department of Work and Pensions employment minister, Priti Patel, said: ‘We are ending the year on a high, with a record rate of employment and wages continuing to grow.
‘Today’s figures show 500,000 more people in work compared to this time last year across the UK, which means hundreds of thousands of families are going into the festive season with the security and hope for the future that work brings.
‘In fact, there are now more women in work in the south east than ever before.
‘Next year we will build on this positive story with the introduction of the National Living Wage and the new offer of 30 hours’ free childcare for working families.
‘In this way we are delivering the high-wage, low-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart that we know the British people want.’