UNEMPLOYMENT rose for the fifth month in a row in January, according to latest Jobseeker's Allowance figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today (Wednesday).
The number of claimants rose from 3,080 to 3,159, the equivalent of 3.9% of 16 to 64-year-old Islanders. That was down on the same time last year, when 3,980 were claiming JSA — 4.9% of the age group.
The figure for the south east this month remained at 1.8% and for Great Britain it was 3%.
Of the Island claimants, 1,720 have been claiming JSA for 12 months or more.