The latest unemployment statistics for East Hampshire, released today, show a drop in the number of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants.
The figures, from August 2012, show that there were 118 less claimants than the previous year, and 30 less than the previous month. The total figure of 776 JSA claimants represents 1.7% of the economically active population aged between 16 and 64. Of these, 130 have been unemployed for over 12 months.
There was particularly encouraging news for young people in East Hampshire with a 31% fall in youth unemployment (JSA claimants aged 24 and under) on the previous year.
Damian Hinds said: “I welcome this good news on jobs, and pay tribute to all the firms investing in our young people including through work experience placements and apprenticeships. The economic outlook remains very challenging but these are encouraging figures and I hope local people seeking work will take heart from them too.”