Job prospects better than they were a year ago

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Job prospects in the Ports-mouth area are better than they were 12 months ago.

The Labour Market Statistics, released yesterday, show an overall decrease in unemployment and a continued growth in permanent and full-time work over the last year.

Maria Middleton, senior partnership manager for Jobcentre plus in the Solent area, said: ‘We’re very pleased with the statistics.

‘On a national scale, this month’s labour market has seen the first growth in real wages since 2007 with regular pay up 2.8% on the year.’

Portsmouth had the biggest decline in people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, with 810 more people in employment.

This time last year it was 3,060 and that dropped to 2,250 last month.

Havant also had a significant decline in numbers, from 1,455 to 1,065 – a drop of nearly 400 since last year.

Neighbouring Fareham saw a drop of 130 on this time last year, going from 555 to 425.

But Gosport had the lowest decrease – from 780 to 680.

Chichester’s numbers were down from 755 to 570 – a decrease of 185.

Ms Middleton put the positive news partly down to Jobcentre plus’s partnership work with local employers and the generally improving UK economy.