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Report finds Portsmouth is top city for jobs growth

Portsmouth has enjoyed one of the biggest increases in jobs in the country, says a new report.

The Cities Outlook 2015 report, from the Centre for Cities thinktank, says jobs in the Portsmouth area increased by 18,800 between 2004 and 2013, or 9.2%.

This was the sixth highest increase in the country.

The report was welcomed by the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Donna Jones.

"This report shows that Portsmouth and its surrounding area are doing extraordinarily well, particularly given the tough conditions in recent times," she said. "It's a real tribute to the hard work and drive of local employers and their workers.

"This is a great place to do business and to find success.

"The growth is in part down to the area's push to support high-tech manufacturing and advanced engineering, particularly in the defence industries.

"Growth in these sectors is something the council is working hard to accelerate, along with other public and private sector organisations in the area.

"The new Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems on Portsdown Hill, and the city's bid for a University Technical College, are both major steps to ensure continued growth."

The report, released today (Mon) defines Portsmouth as an area including Fareham, Gosport and Havant boroughs as well as the city itself.

It says private sector jobs in the area increase by 4,300, or 2.9%, between 2012 and 2013, putting Portsmouth 13th out of 63 other UK locations.

It also says real wages increased by 4.4% between 2013 and 2014, putting Portsmouth in sixth place.

Teenagers take first steps towards their careers

Video. With employment figures out today, the number of unemployed 18 to 25 year olds has fallen. So as teenagers begin to start thinking about their career options, there are some tough decisions to make.

Finding a job, trying to get an apprenticeship or going to university are just some of their options. But what exactly is on offer for young people in the Thames Valley?

Rachel Hepworth went along to find out. She spoke to Alison Robb-Webb from Oxford City Learning, Natalie Murray who is in her second year of an apprenticeship and Holly Chalmers from BMW Recruitment.

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Sussex travel company celebrates growth

A travel company based in Sussex has recruited almost a hundred new staff.

Tropical Sky in East Grinstead is thought to be one of the UK's fastest growing companies of it's kind. They specialise in long-haul flights. They started with just 5 employees. They also take on university placements.

Today they celebrated the opening of their new offices in the town.

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600 permanent and temporary jobs going at Bluewater

Bluewater is holding its second Jobs Fayre of the year Credit: Press Association Images

Bluewater has organised its second Jobs Fayre of the year, which is being held today.

Over 2000 people will be interviewed for a number of temporary and permanent jobs at more than fifty of the shopping centre's shops and restaurants.

It will hopefully have a huge impact on the employment rates in the area.

Dorset police recruit special constables

Dorset police are beginning their recruitment campaign for police officers in remote communities.

The police is looking to build a team of rural specials who will work exclusively in more rural areas including Blandford, Gillingham, Dorchester, Sherborne and East Dorset.

The special constables are volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.

They will be involved in a range of policing activities, including community events, targeted operations and specialist training.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “Our last campaign to increase the numbers of special constables in Dorset was very successful. We want to build on that success and boost our Special Constabulary even further."

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