Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed figures showing that unemployment in her constituency has fallen.
Statistics compiled by the Office for National Statistics reveal the number of people out of work in Gosport fell from 3.4 per cent in February 2013 to 2.4 per cent in February of this year, with 495 more jobs being filled.
The youth unemployment rate also fell over the same period and now stands at 4.6 per cent, down from 7.3 per cent at the same time last year.
As reported in The News, the number of unemployment benefit claims has gone down in the town from 1,122 to 1,026.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘The figures released today show that Gosport has made good progress over the last twelve months.
‘I am proud that local people are overcoming the barriers to employment, thanks to targeted support from local organisations and businesses.
‘There is still more to be done, but I am pleased that this government’s policies are helping people to get back on to the job ladder.’