Unemployment continues to rise in Hampshire - but there’s hope in Fareham

LESS VISITORS The Job Centre Plus building in Civic Way Fareham.   Picture: Steve Reid (110934-054)
LESS VISITORS The Job Centre Plus building in Civic Way Fareham. Picture: Steve Reid (110934-054)
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FAREHAM is once again bucking the employment trend, boasting a decline in those out of work for the second month in a row.

According to figures released this morning from the Office of National Statistics, the number of Fareham people who claimed benefit in October fell by 28, from 1,251 in September to 1,223 last month.

UK unemployment now stands at 2.62million, with 1.02m of those being aged 16-24.

Locally, Gosport reported the biggest rise in unemployment, adding 44 to its figures in October to mean 1,607 people claimed benefit.

Havant’s figures rose by 37, from 2,341 claiming benefit in September, to 2,378 last month.

Portsmouth, however, fared better. The News reported the city’s unemployment figures had risen by a massive 100 between August and September.

But while the figures are still rising, there was only a comparatively small increase of 19 between September and October - from 5,069 to 5,088.

East Hampshire’s unemployment has also risen by 19, from 1,071 to 1,052.

And Chichester is also bucking the trend by reporting a fall in benefit claimants, from 1,387 in September to 1,373 last month.