Unemployment in the wider Portsmouth area has fallen, according to figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics.
Almost 500 fewer people claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance in March compared to February this year, the figures have found.
Portsmouth saw the lowest drop, with 100 fewer claimants taking the numbers from 5,394 in February to 5,294 in March.
Chichester saw a similar fall, with 92 fewer claimants taking the number from 1,500 to 1,408.
Gosport’s figures dropped by 71, from 1,582 in February to 1,511 in March.
The claimant count in the area served by East Hampshire District Council fell by 70, from 1,108 in February to 1,038 in March.
Havant’s figures fell by 60, from 2,562 in February to 2,502 in March.
Fareham’s fell by 55, from 1,582 in February to 1,217 in March.
And the claimant count in the Winchester City Council area fell 50, from 984 to 934.
Employment minister Mark Hoban, who is also Fareham MP, said that despite the figures there remain ‘challenges’ to employment within the economic climate.