Archive for May, 2013
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics confirmed that unemployment (as measured by Job Seekers Allowance claimants) in East Hampshire is still one of the lowest levels in the country. Of the 650 constituencies in Great Britain, East Hampshire was placed 623rd for unemployment. Current unemployed claimants in February 2013 totalled 872, which is 1.8% of the economically active working age population.
This is 54 lower than in February 2013 and 86 lower than in March 2012. These data are not seasonally adjusted.
Conservative MP for East Hampshire, Damian Hinds said:
“I am always pleased to see that unemployment rates in East Hampshire remain amongst the lowest in the UK. The near 10% drop in the number of unemployed individuals since this time last year shows that the economy in East Hampshire is moving in the right direction, but we must keep working at it to ensure that this positive trend continues. The Employment Allowance announced in the Budget last month should make taking on employees more attractive to businesses, and I hope to see the positive effects of this in the near future.”