Number of people claiming benefits across Portsmouth area keeps dropping

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THE number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the region continues to fall.

Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics show the claimant count in Portsmouth dropped by 252 from 3,922 to 3,670 last month – the biggest drop across the area.

In Havant, the number of residents on the dole decreased from 1,877 to 1,793, and Fareham saw its numbers drop by 777 to 713.

Benefit claims went down in Gosport from 1,122 to 1,026.

There are currently 109,000 Portsmouth residents aged 16 to 64 in employment, making up 72 per cent of the population.

Gosport has 36,000 workers and Havant has 53,000.

Overall, the claimant count rate in the UK was highest in the north east and lowest in the south east.