The seaside towns around the south-east could be even harder hit by unemployment than previously thought, according to a new academic study.
Thanet's first 'MPs Jobs Fair' hosted by two Kent politicians attracted thousands of jobseekers today. Unemployment in the area is high.
A jobs fair held in Kent has attracted thousands of people looking for work.
A new report published today says that high unemployment levels in the South's seaside towns are blighting the region's economy. The study published by the Sheffield Hallam University claims that the number of people out of work is higher than official figures suggest.
Researchers found that outside of London, 16 of the 21 districts with the highest unemployment in Southern England are located along the coast.
The new report, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), estimates that the real rate of unemployment in Hastings is more than 13 per cent; in Thanet more than 12 per cent, and in Southend 10 per cent.
British Gas has released this statement after news confirming it is to close its Southampton office, and the 500 staff positions within.
– Spokesman, British Gas
British Gas has today confirmed its decision to close its Southampton contact centre by the end of 2012, following a 90 day consultation period at the site.
"The business will continue to work had to support all those impacted by this decision and continues to investigate redeployment and alternative employment opportunities."
British Gas has confirmed that its Southampton office is to close.
Around 500 people will lose their jobs when the call centre at St Mary's Road closes at the end of the year.
It comes after a 90 day consultation.
New figures released by the Office of National Statistics shows that 2,000 more people were classed as unemployed in the South East between March and May of this year. The unemployment rate for the region is 6.4% against a national rate of 8.2%.
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A jobs "fair" has been held in Thanet. The Employment Minister was in Margate - one of the town's hit hardest by unemployment, to see for himself the problem. Within two hours, more than a thousand people had attended, with more due this afternoon.
Figures out today have revealed that - despite a fall in unemployment nationally - the number of people out of work in the South East went up by 2,000. And it's feared that, as the Eurozone crisis deepens, it will have an impact on unemployment in the UK.
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