The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the south east Hampshire region has decreased slightly.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show, in The News’ region, 180 fewer people claimed the benefit in October, compared to September, with 10,614 claimants recorded in total.
The local figures mirror the national picture, as unemployment fell by 48,000 to 2.47 million, the lowest since the spring of 2011.
The number of people claiming JSA was cut for the twelfth month in a row in October, down by 41,700 to 1.31 million, the lowest for almost five years.
Locally, The biggest fall in claimants was in the Fareham Borough Council area, down by 75 to 838, from 913 in September.
Next was Chichester’s local authority area, down 59 from 1,069 to 1,010.
Portsmouth’s claimant numbers fell by 39 from 4,116 to 4,077; similarly Winchester City Council’s catchment area saw claimant number fall by 38 – from 752 to 714.
There was less good news in Havant, which saw the borough’s claimant numbers increase by 24 to 1,943 from 1,919 in September.
East Hampshire’s area also saw an increase in claimants, from 817 in September to 832 in October.
Minister for Employment Esther McVey said: ‘This Government is delivering on its promise to rebalance the economy, promote job creation, and support people to get off benefits and into work.
‘Today’s figures show that the number of people in work has risen by more than a million under this government, with the growth driven by full-time private sector jobs.
‘At the same time, the number of people claiming the main out-of-work benefits has fallen by almost half a million. There’s more work to do, and we are not complacent, but these are all very positive signs.’