UNEMPLOYMENT has jumped in the region, new figures have revealed.
The increase relates to the number of people who are claiming the Jobseekers’ Allowance benefit.
In Portsmouth, the figures have increased by a huge 484 people, to 3,267.
In Gosport, the 999 people now claiming the benefit is an increase of 50.
For Fareham, 44 more people are claiming the allowance, up to 793.
Havant sees the smallest increase, from 1,527 to 1,550.
And East Hampshire saw a rise of 29 people, with 657 claiming JSA.
The figures relate to those who claimed on July 14, compared to those who claimed on June 9.
The figures follow three consecutive months of reductions in unemployment for the region, and a prolonged period of labour stability.
And the local trend mirrors national figures, which have also increased.
The news has come as the government announced 11 new enterprise zones – designed to boost jobs and employment – including one on the former HMS Daedalus site at Lee-on-the-Solent.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: ‘These are disappointing figures but we always said that the road to recovery would be choppy.
‘Clearly this has been a difficult few months with a range of one-off factors and a slowdown in the world economy having an impact on the UK.
‘This is why is we are focused on taking steps to increase growth, support the economy and encourage businesses to invest and create jobs.
‘For people who lose their jobs, our new Work Programme is now up and running and will offer jobseekers flexible support tailored to their needs to help them into employment.’