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Eastleigh Borough unemployment drops by 38%

April 19, 2014 7:19 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

"An outstanding achievement by local people and our businesses."

Mike Thornton MP

Locally and nationally, the Liberal Democrats are helping people get back in to work, into apprenticeships, and onto the job ladder


That's how Eastleigh's MP has described today's unemployment figures, which show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefit has now dropped to just 1.4% in the Eastleigh constituency.

The figures represent a huge 38.5% fall in those claiming Job Seeker Allowance in the last year, according to official employment figures published today.

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has welcomed the news, and backed local employers to keep the momentum going. The unemployment drop follows on from news earlier this year that over 2800 new apprenticeships have been created in Eastleigh Borough since 2010.

Mike said, "We are making great progress here in Eastleigh. Arlington Rail's planned expansion at the railway works is the perfect example of this, showcasing our borough at its best.

"Locally and nationally, the Liberal Democrats are helping people get back in to work, into apprenticeships, and onto the job ladder.

"I know Eastleigh and Hampshire as a whole have played a big part in the recovery - now we have to keep this momentum going."