Mixed picture for those unemployed in Hampshire

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UNEMPLOYMENT figures in the region give a mixed picture of the local job market.

Whilst the number of people who claimed Jobseekers Allowance in September rose nationally, the figures for Fareham, east Hampshire and Chichester have all fallen.

The figures reveal the biggest rise in unemployment is in Portsmouth, with a rise of 110 jobseekers from 4,959 in August to 5,069 in September.

Gosport also recorded 45 more people claiming the benefit, from 1,518 to 1,563.

Havant’s figures remained fairly static, rising by six people, from 2,335 in August to 2,341 in September.

Fareham’s figures dropped by one, from 1,252 to 1,251, and east Hampshire’s dropped by nine, from 1,061 to 1,052.

Chichester’s figures recorded the largest fall, as 23 fewer people are claiming the benefit, from 1,410 in August to 1,387 in September.