Unemployment Figures Up – But Not In Dorset


The number of unemployed people in the UK from May to July has risen by 10,000; making the total figure of the number of unemployed people in the UK rise to 1.82 million.

However, despite the rise in unemployment, the number of unemployed people fell last month with just 1,385 people on Jobseeker’s Allowance in Bournemouth as opposed to a total of 2,080 in August 2014. In Poole, the figure fell from 1,065 to 770 and in Christchurch the drop was from 265 to 180.

The figures were seen to drop in other parts Dorset too; including in East Dorset (250 down from 325), North Dorset (190 down from 245), Purbeck (135 down from 230), West Dorset (310 down from 335) and Weymouth and Portland (440 down from 605). In the New Forest, the figure was down from 840 to 610.

Dorset and the South West continue to lead the way in having the highest employment rate, which is reflected in the continuing reduction of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Employment across the South West was up 17% in Construction, 28% in Hospitality, 11% in IT and Business Services and 13% in Health and Education.

However, there was a 7.7% drop in the employment within retail and 5% drop in leisure. But with Christmas fast approaching, the number of people employed in Retail (amongst other sectors) is very likely to rise.

Source: ri5.co.uk & bournemouthecho.co.uk

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