The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen across the wider Portsmouth region.
Latest figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a fall in claims across the catchment areas of Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, Fareham, and East Hampshire.
The fall in claimants mirrors the national situation today, which has seen the UK unemployment rate drop to 7.1 per cent, close to the point at which the Bank of England has said it will consider raising interest rates.
· In Portsmouth, the number of claimants fell from 3,994 in November 2013 to 3,845 in December.
· In Gosport, the number fell from 1,112 to 1,074.
· In Havant, the number fell from 1,872 to 1,855.
· In Fareham, the number fell from 781 to 753.
· In East Hampshire, the number fell from 806 to 752.
The so-called claimant count has now fallen nationally for 14 months in a row.
Employment minister Esther McVey said: ‘Creating jobs and getting people into employment are central to our economic plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy, so it is very encouraging news that we’ve seen a record-breaking rise in employment over the last three months – the largest ever.
‘With the highest quarterly fall in unemployment since 1997, it’s clear that the government’s long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work so they can secure their future is proving successful.’