Unemployment in Portsmouth falls again

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UNEMPLOYMENT has continued to decline with nearly 200 less Portsmouth residents claiming jobseekers allowance.

The latest figures released today show that Portsmouth saw the biggest difference in April compared to March out of the surrounding areas.

The numbers fell from 2,720 in March to 2,535 last month - a drop of 185.

This was significantly higher than Havant, which saw a decrease of 78 from 1,272 to 1,194 and Gosport which saw 32 people find jobs.

The figures show unemployment fell from 800 in March to 768 in April.

Fareham followed the trend with a drop from 497 to 486.

Lynne Grimes, health and disability customer service operation manager at Jobcentre Plus in Portsmouth, said it was brilliant to see the number continue to fall.

‘When you compare the figures to last month, it is brilliant,’ she said.

‘If you compare year on year, it is even better with 944 people in Portsmouth no longer claiming jobseekers allowance.

‘That is a significant drop and is encouraging for the future.’