Unemployment figures across the area have dropped, say ONS

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  • Numbers claiming jobseeker allowance fallen in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport
  • South east has second lowest unemployment rate
  • Government launches new scheme to help young people get into work
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THE number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance across the Portsmouth area has fallen.

Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people claiming the benefit has dropped in Portsmouth from 2,253 to 2,170.

The figures on an annual basis are really good. We have seen a continued growth in permanent and full time work

Rachel Hawkins, Jobcentre Plus

In Havant, it’s fallen from 1,067 to 1,050.

Claims in Gosport went from 682 to 656.

But in Fareham there was a rise with numbers going from 424 up to 459.

Rachel Hawkins is the operations manager for Jobcentre Plus in the Solent, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

She said: ‘There is a lot of positivity out there. There are a lot more opportunities.

‘There are a lot of initiatives to support people to gain the right skills to employ them.’

Figures show that across the area, the numbers claiming jobseekers’ allowance has fallen in the past year, with 795 fewer claimants in Portsmouth than a year ago.

Rachel added: ‘The figures on an annual basis are really good.

‘We have seen a continued growth in permanent and full-time work.

‘There is every sign at the moment that the opportunities that are out there are increased.

‘The south east has the second lowest unemployment rate of any region.’

Meanwhile, more than 30 businesses and 12,000 young people will be at the forefront of boosting work experience for young people in the UK, under a new government campaign launched today.

The WE Can campaign, will see 84 Youth Ambassadors from the Youth Experience UK give advice on how others can set up work experience placements and make the most of their time in a business setting.

Rachel added: ‘More than two-thirds of employers say it’s a crucial factor in hiring staff – more so than academic qualifications.

‘We’re trying to encourage young people to look at gaining skills in those areas of the industry that they wish to develop a future career in.’