PUBLIC sector cuts have forced a rise in local unemployment, official figures have revealed.
This month’s figures from the Office of National Statistics show increases in unemployment in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and east Hampshire as a whole.
The figures mirror the national picture, with 2.51million people now claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance.
The data is taken from the number of people claiming the benefit on August 14.
In Portsmouth, 4,959 people claimed JSA in August, compared to 4,823 on roughly the same date in July - an increase of 136 in just one month.
For Fareham, 1,252 people now claim the benefit, with 1,252 - an increase of 32.
Gosport’s figures have increased only slightly, with eight more people claiming the benefit, raising the total to 1,518.
The number of those unemployed in Havant has jumped by 72, to 2,335.
And in east Hampshire the figures have increased by 47 to 1,061.