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UNEMPLOYMENT has again risen across the region, figures have shown.

The Office of National Statistics has shown that the numbers of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, Fareham, east Hampshire and Chichester rose again in February.

It follows on from a large rise in those claiming the benefit in January this year.

However, whilst all the figures have increased, the rate of the increase has slowed down compared to the previous figures released.

The ONS said the rate of increase was the lowest in almost a year.

Once again Portsmouth showed the highest increase, with 126 more people claiming, from 5,412 in January to 5,538 last month.

And again Havant’s increase was the second highest, increasing by 117 from 2,705 in January to 2,822 in February.

Gosport’s claimants increased by 98, from 1,708 to 1,806.

And Fareham’s numbers rose by 95, from 1,271 in January to 1,366 last month.

In Chichester, 36 more people claimed the benefit, taking the unemployment figures there from 1,479 to 1,515.

And east Hampshire saw the smallest increase, with 33 more claimants taking the figure from 1,108 to 1,141.