"More excellent news for Eastleigh Borough."
This is how Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton hailed the news that local unemployment has tumbled to its lowest levels in over three years.
Figures released today (14 May 2014) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show there were 655 fewer Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimants in Eastleigh in April this year, in comparison with April 2011.
Commenting on the figures Mike Thornton MP, a former business manager, said:
"This is more excellent news for Eastleigh. It is great news for the businesses creating these jobs and for the many hard-working people behind those numbers who are now able to take home a pay packet and provide for their families."
"It is important we use this momentum to ensure more skilled jobs are created. This is why I am particularly pleased with the huge boost to apprenticeships delivered by the coalition government, with more than 3000 new apprenticeships since 2010 in Eastleigh Borough alone."
The positive trend can be seen in all major age groups in Eastleigh with the unemployment rate down to 1.4% totaling 775 claimants and the number of JSA claimants aged between 18-24 years old has fallen from 385 in April 2011 to just 140 in April 2014.
Nationally, at 6.8% the number of people claiming JSA is at its lowest since November 2008, the beginning of the financial crisis.