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New reports claims seaside unemployment 'blights' the South's economy

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 job losses - statement

British Gas has released this statement after news confirming it is to close its Southampton office, and the 500 staff positions within.

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."

– Spokesman, British Gas


Will we be affected by Eurozone crisis?

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.

Reshma Rumsey talked to Lee McQueen from Raw Talent Academy; John Taylor, Peach Pubs; Sarah Barrett, Hairdresser; Jay Patel, Day Lewis Pharmacies; and Sir John Madejski, Chairman, Reading Football Club.

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