South sees a rise in unemployment

Daily Echo: South sees a rise in unemployment South sees a rise in unemployment

THE number of people on out-of-work benefits is rising in almost every part of the south, figures revealed yesterday.

Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions showed 22,070 people across the region claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in July – up by 292 from June.

A breakdown of the figures revealed that in most local authority areas – Southampton, the Isle of Wight, Basingstoke and Deane, Fareham, the New Forest, Test Valley and Winchester – the number of people on JSA increased.

However, two local authority areas – Eastleigh and Gosport – found their claimant counts falling between June and July.

The number of claimants in Southampton rose from 6,595 to 6,651, the figures showed.

The overall rise in jobless benefit claimants locally was in line with the picture nationally, where the number of people claiming JSA increased by 24,900 in July to 1.58 million – its worst level for more than 12 years.

Meanwhile, UK unemployment rose by 220,000 to 2.44 million in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics, taking the jobless rate to 7.8 per cent. In the south east the unemployed total now stands at 263,000, or 5.9 per cent of the workingage population.

Mark Harper, Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, said: “Unemployment is fast becoming the most pressing social economic and political problem plaguing Britain.”

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson admitted that unemployment levels were “unacceptable” but claimed even more people would be out of work if the Tories had been in power during the recession.

The peer told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “One thing I and the Government know is that any such level of unemployment is unacceptable.”

Lord Mandelson – currently “minding the shop” in Downing Street while Gordon Brown takes a holiday – said £5 billion was being spent on getting people back into jobs, whereas the Conservatives">Conservatives wanted to cut state investment in the economy by a similar amount.

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11:03am Thu 13 Aug 09

goard says...

At one time we were known as a Nation of shopkeepers, no problem for youngsters to get jobs, now the small shops are knick knacks, flower shops, chinese, indian and fish and chips - we have three of the latter, two of the Indian, and one the chinese. All corner stores have all gone and even then we realised the then Government was crazy allowing these huge supermarkets surrounding the outskirts of the City. How is it WE KNOW that would be death to a neighbourhood. Governments think they are so much more clever and one hears that so and so politician has a bank balance of a million or two - Oh yeh! I wonder how he came about that sort of money, is it 'not what you know but WHO you know'?

goard
At one time we were known as a Nation of shopkeepers, no problem for youngsters to get jobs, now the small shops are knick knacks, flower shops, chinese, indian and fish and chips - we have three of the latter, two of the Indian, and one the chinese. All corner stores have all gone and even then we realised the then Government was crazy allowing these huge supermarkets surrounding the outskirts of the City. How is it WE KNOW that would be death to a neighbourhood. Governments think they are so much more clever and one hears that so and so politician has a bank balance of a million or two - Oh yeh! I wonder how he came about that sort of money, is it 'not what you know but WHO you know'? goard goard
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11:30am Thu 13 Aug 09

southy says...

for every one person unemployed, the little bit deeper and longer lasting the recession is.
capitalism dont work, every time a correction is made to an error to the capitlist system it justs makes it worse for the next recession, time to make that change before its to late,
for every one person unemployed, the little bit deeper and longer lasting the recession is. capitalism dont work, every time a correction is made to an error to the capitlist system it justs makes it worse for the next recession, time to make that change before its to late, southy
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11:56am Thu 13 Aug 09

bumblysaint says...

South sees a rise in unemployment,no,real
ly.
What a suprise,Labour's
been really great for the working man/woman haven't
they.
Agree with southy,it's time for a change.
South sees a rise in unemployment,no,real ly. What a suprise,Labour's been really great for the working man/woman haven't they. Agree with southy,it's time for a change. bumblysaint
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12:17pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Lone Ranger says...

bumblysaint wrote:
South sees a rise in unemployment,no,real ly. What a suprise,Labour's been really great for the working man/woman haven't they. Agree with southy,it's time for a change.
Change to what.

More of the same.

Or do you really think it will be any better, or, for a working man will he be any better off.

If you think it can only get better then you have a big shock in store if the change in political leadership. as anticipated, takes place at the next election.

How about 20% VAT for starters.

As i have said before " The land of milk and honey" does not exist even in Southy's political world
[quote][p][bold]bumblysaint[/bold] wrote: South sees a rise in unemployment,no,real ly. What a suprise,Labour's been really great for the working man/woman haven't they. Agree with southy,it's time for a change.[/p][/quote]Change to what. More of the same. Or do you really think it will be any better, or, for a working man will he be any better off. If you think it can only get better then you have a big shock in store if the change in political leadership. as anticipated, takes place at the next election. How about 20% VAT for starters. As i have said before " The land of milk and honey" does not exist even in Southy's political world Lone Ranger
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12:26pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Brite Spark says...

The Conservative Party and their fans wont be in a rush to remind voters that under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, the UK suffered with over 3 million unemployed. Unemployment in her own words 'was a price worth paying' ...

but not from the punters perspective.
The Conservative Party and their fans wont be in a rush to remind voters that under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, the UK suffered with over 3 million unemployed. Unemployment in her own words 'was a price worth paying' ... but not from the punters perspective. Brite Spark
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12:47pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Paramjit Bahia says...

Sothy is right. Capitalism tends to go kaput frequently.
But it is also a sad part of life that most our own (working class) love to be misled by the right wing media.
Press and TV do not like telling the truth that every time capitalism runs into problem the establishment has to resort to socialist methods to rescue the system. Even the Tory Goddess Thatcher had to put public money into Rolls Royce to save it, and recent case of banks was exactly the same.
But you try to mention nationalising the leading height of the economy to brain washed morons, they will start screaming “Reds under the beds.” That apathy can only be sorted if we have some honesty in the media and principled people in political class; not the likes of New Labour who are the real wolves in sheep's clothing.
Sothy is right. Capitalism tends to go kaput frequently. But it is also a sad part of life that most our own (working class) love to be misled by the right wing media. Press and TV do not like telling the truth that every time capitalism runs into problem the establishment has to resort to socialist methods to rescue the system. Even the Tory Goddess Thatcher had to put public money into Rolls Royce to save it, and recent case of banks was exactly the same. But you try to mention nationalising the leading height of the economy to brain washed morons, they will start screaming “Reds under the beds.” That apathy can only be sorted if we have some honesty in the media and principled people in political class; not the likes of New Labour who are the real wolves in sheep's clothing. Paramjit Bahia
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1:00pm Thu 13 Aug 09

hulla baloo says...

Meanwhile the Governments answer to creating more people in work is............
to continue increasing the jibs in the public sector, despite many promises to reduce.

Will all blow up one day when they realise there is not enough money to continue paying all these public sector pensions.
Meanwhile the Governments answer to creating more people in work is............ to continue increasing the jibs in the public sector, despite many promises to reduce. Will all blow up one day when they realise there is not enough money to continue paying all these public sector pensions. hulla baloo
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1:20pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Adrian-Smith says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Meanwhile the Governments answer to creating more people in work is............ to continue increasing the jibs in the public sector, despite many promises to reduce. Will all blow up one day when they realise there is not enough money to continue paying all these public sector pensions.
Just imagine if for one week no one got drunk, drove too fast or dropped litter - how many public sector jobs now depend upon fining people and would be lost?
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile the Governments answer to creating more people in work is............ to continue increasing the jibs in the public sector, despite many promises to reduce. Will all blow up one day when they realise there is not enough money to continue paying all these public sector pensions.[/p][/quote]Just imagine if for one week no one got drunk, drove too fast or dropped litter - how many public sector jobs now depend upon fining people and would be lost? Adrian-Smith
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2:09pm Thu 13 Aug 09

southy says...

Lone Ranger yes there is a better way, and that is a socialist way, you going to end up there any way so why not do it peacefully where no one gets hurt, right wing politics has had its day, its coming to and end, there be no room for a capitalist system in the future world. it will not work not with out a real big major war just to thin out the worlds population, the future for the world is tectnology is going to improve, there be less jobs, and the world population going to get much higher, what you going to do when they turn on you, all those poeple that dont have nothing to lose but every thing to gain.

Brite Spark 1979 tory party took on just under 1 million unemployed that counted all those that was not working, and took it to over 6 million unemployed and that was cooking the books not counting every one, only counted those that was unemployed between 1day to 6 mths, and it still got to 6 million. every time theres a recession the unemployment list between recessions gets higher
Lone Ranger yes there is a better way, and that is a socialist way, you going to end up there any way so why not do it peacefully where no one gets hurt, right wing politics has had its day, its coming to and end, there be no room for a capitalist system in the future world. it will not work not with out a real big major war just to thin out the worlds population, the future for the world is tectnology is going to improve, there be less jobs, and the world population going to get much higher, what you going to do when they turn on you, all those poeple that dont have nothing to lose but every thing to gain. Brite Spark 1979 tory party took on just under 1 million unemployed that counted all those that was not working, and took it to over 6 million unemployed and that was cooking the books not counting every one, only counted those that was unemployed between 1day to 6 mths, and it still got to 6 million. every time theres a recession the unemployment list between recessions gets higher southy
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6:13pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Iw61 says...

Pensions are not the issue. The banks are the issue. here failure was rewarded and then we had to bail them out. Thats not the fault of public sector pensions now is it!!

Anyway who are we really in debt to?
Ourselves!!
Pensions are not the issue. The banks are the issue. here failure was rewarded and then we had to bail them out. Thats not the fault of public sector pensions now is it!! Anyway who are we really in debt to? Ourselves!! Iw61
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10:45pm Thu 13 Aug 09

Condor Man says...

I think it's a historical fact that centralised socialist economies don't work either. Much of the problems we now face have been caused by this government's mismanagement of the nations finances. In 1999 we were in a budget surplus but instead of clearing the national debt Brown decided to blow it all on a reckless spending spree. He sold our gold at the lowest ever price, he forced interest rates down causing house prices to rise out of control, he encouraged people to borrow beyond their means and look what we have? a dead housing market, shrinking manufacturing industry and bankers that are not listening when the chancellor tells them to start lending and stop paying themselves massive bonuses for failure. Somehow I can't imagine this would have happened 20 years ago.
I think it's a historical fact that centralised socialist economies don't work either. Much of the problems we now face have been caused by this government's mismanagement of the nations finances. In 1999 we were in a budget surplus but instead of clearing the national debt Brown decided to blow it all on a reckless spending spree. He sold our gold at the lowest ever price, he forced interest rates down causing house prices to rise out of control, he encouraged people to borrow beyond their means and look what we have? a dead housing market, shrinking manufacturing industry and bankers that are not listening when the chancellor tells them to start lending and stop paying themselves massive bonuses for failure. Somehow I can't imagine this would have happened 20 years ago. Condor Man
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11:43pm Thu 13 Aug 09

southy says...

condor man it was working before for the uk well it work well up to 1979, all that was needed was to iron out a few very small problems, and socialism in the 60 to 79 was not centralised, councils back then had more power to do things and get things done, and done the right way.
condor man it was working before for the uk well it work well up to 1979, all that was needed was to iron out a few very small problems, and socialism in the 60 to 79 was not centralised, councils back then had more power to do things and get things done, and done the right way. southy
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4:09am Fri 14 Aug 09

Paramjit Bahia says...

Condor Man wrote:
I think it's a historical fact that centralised socialist economies don't work either. Much of the problems we now face have been caused by this government's mismanagement of the nations finances. In 1999 we were in a budget surplus but instead of clearing the national debt Brown decided to blow it all on a reckless spending spree. He sold our gold at the lowest ever price, he forced interest rates down causing house prices to rise out of control, he encouraged people to borrow beyond their means and look what we have? a dead housing market, shrinking manufacturing industry and bankers that are not listening when the chancellor tells them to start lending and stop paying themselves massive bonuses for failure. Somehow I can't imagine this would have happened 20 years ago.
Condorman, Yes you are right that Brown and rest of the New Labour (Defacto right wing of the Tory Party) by implementing ruthless Conservative policies of capitalism have landed the nation into a mess.
This mess was avoidable because the terrible consequences of these crazy ideas had become clear under Thatcher; when millions of jobs were lost, many businesses went bankrupt and nation’s major assets were sold on the cheap. You will recall that even a prominent Tory elder had described it as selling of the family silver.
By the way, how can you forget what happened only few months ago in the mother nation of capitalism, the USA?
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: I think it's a historical fact that centralised socialist economies don't work either. Much of the problems we now face have been caused by this government's mismanagement of the nations finances. In 1999 we were in a budget surplus but instead of clearing the national debt Brown decided to blow it all on a reckless spending spree. He sold our gold at the lowest ever price, he forced interest rates down causing house prices to rise out of control, he encouraged people to borrow beyond their means and look what we have? a dead housing market, shrinking manufacturing industry and bankers that are not listening when the chancellor tells them to start lending and stop paying themselves massive bonuses for failure. Somehow I can't imagine this would have happened 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]Condorman, Yes you are right that Brown and rest of the New Labour (Defacto right wing of the Tory Party) by implementing ruthless Conservative policies of capitalism have landed the nation into a mess. This mess was avoidable because the terrible consequences of these crazy ideas had become clear under Thatcher; when millions of jobs were lost, many businesses went bankrupt and nation’s major assets were sold on the cheap. You will recall that even a prominent Tory elder had described it as selling of the family silver. By the way, how can you forget what happened only few months ago in the mother nation of capitalism, the USA? Paramjit Bahia
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