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.
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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New figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the percentage of 16-64 year olds in employment in the South East increased by 0.7% over the last quarter.
It shows that 78.9% of 16-64 year olds are now in employment in the South East.
Unemployment fell by 45,000 between January and March to 2.63 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 13,700 to 1.59 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 0.6% in the year to March, 0.5% down on the previous month.