Out-of-work benefit claimant figures fall for another month

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Unemployment in the Portsmouth region has fallen for a second month.

Figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics show 623 fewer people claimed the unemployment benefit Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) in April than in March.

That builds on March’s figures, which showed that almost 500 people stopped claiming the benefit when compared to February’s figures.

Portsmouth saw the biggest drop, with 192 fewer claimants taking the numbers from 5,294 in March to 5,102 in April.

Chichester saw a similarly large fall, with 115 fewer claimants taking the number from 1,408 to 1,293.

Havant’s figures fell by 99, from 2,502 in March to 2,403 in April.

Gosport’s figures dropped by 60, from 1,511 in March to 1,451 in April.

The claimant count in the area served by East Hampshire District Council fell by 59, from 1,038 in March to 979 in April.

Fareham’s fell by 52, from 1,217 in March to 1,165 to April.

And the claimant count in the Winchester City Council area fell 46, from 934 in March to 888 in April.