Rise in employment welcomed

Sally Lynskey of Business South.

Sally Lynskey of Business South.

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BUSINESS leaders and politicians in Hampshire have welcomed rising employment in the south.

Latest figures show that overall employment in the south-east has risen by 1.2 per cent in the past year to 76.1 per cent – the highest in the country.

They also reveal that 67.2 per cent of women in the UK are in employment – the highest rate since records began – while 77.2 per cent of men are in work.

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The recent job market figures show that there is a record number of women in work and youth unemployment continues to fall – strong indications of an economic recovery.”

Royston Smith, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said: “It is great news that there are 210,000 more people in work in the south-east since 2010.”

Sally Lynskey, chief executive of Business South, said: “We are definitely heading in the right direction and it is important for that momentum to be maintained.”

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1:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bluecougar says...

Yeah, right, not for older workers in their 50s, most of the women are working for minimum wage or zero hour contracts, amazing what statistics can do.
Yeah, right, not for older workers in their 50s, most of the women are working for minimum wage or zero hour contracts, amazing what statistics can do. bluecougar
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1:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

southy says...

Wish they would tell the truth over unemployment, they removed people from the list so that they don't get counted, the number of people that are unemployed (mainly Adult males) that do not claim JSA or any other type of benefit as risen to nearly 2 million then when you add on the other 4 lists adult long term, adult short term, youth long term and youth short term. Unemployment as risen to around the 6.5 million people unemployed.
Wish they would tell the truth over unemployment, they removed people from the list so that they don't get counted, the number of people that are unemployed (mainly Adult males) that do not claim JSA or any other type of benefit as risen to nearly 2 million then when you add on the other 4 lists adult long term, adult short term, youth long term and youth short term. Unemployment as risen to around the 6.5 million people unemployed. southy
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2:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

southy says...

South East is a very large area, that includes London. When you look at it that way and the population increase in the South East 210,000 people in employment is very small
South East is a very large area, that includes London. When you look at it that way and the population increase in the South East 210,000 people in employment is very small southy
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