Caroline Dinenage welcomes drop in number of Gosport unemployed

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed figures that show the total number of unemployed claimants of Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit in the Gosport constituency has fallen from 1,644 in 2010 to 593 today.

This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5% showing that Gosport unemployment is lower than the national average. The total number of claimants in Gosport is 206 lower than in April 2015 and 57 lower than in March 2016.

There were 145 claimants aged 18-24 in Gosport constituency in April 2016, 65 lower than in April 2015.

Nationally, the employment rate in the UK has hit a record high of 74.2%, meaning there are more people in work than ever before.

Commenting on the figures, Caroline said:

"Our community in Gosport has a really strong work ethic and the lower unemployed claimant figures released by the Office for National Statistics clearly show that local people are taking advantage of growing employment opportunities.

"The stats are great news for Gosport because they indicate the competitive growth of our local economy, which improves financial security for families."