Fall in Jobseeker's Allowance claims

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


THERE was a fall in the number of people claiming the unemployment benefit Jobseeker’s Allowance on the Isle of Wight between January and February, according to figures released today (Wednesday).

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures showed the number of claimants, aged between 16 and 64, fell from 3,160 to 3,010, the equivalent of 3.7% of Islanders in that age group.

It was the first fall since October 2013 and came despite a slight regional increase in the proportion of people claiming the benefit.

The rate of claimants on the Island remained well over national and regional figures however. Nationally 3% of people aged 16 to 64 were claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance and in the South East the figure was 1.9%.

In February 2013 the figure had risen to 4,105 — five per cent of Islanders aged 16 to 64 — meaning there was a year-on-year fall last month of 1,095.

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