Unemployment falls in parts of Hampshire

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THE number of people claiming out-of-work benefits across the area has fallen for a third consecutive month.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show 104 fewer people in the city claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in May - down from 5,348 to 5,244.

The month before 5,504 people living in the city were signed up for benefits.

Figures also showed that 67 fewer people in Gosport claimed money, from 1,674 to 1,607. Havant’s fell by 93, from 2,669 to 2,576.

But in Fareham an extra 11 people began claiming money, from 1,312 to 1,323.

For the east Hampshire area, the figures fell by 42, from 1,071 to 1,029.

Nationally the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.6 per cent, up 0.3 per cent on the quarter.