GRAPHFIGURES released today (Wednesday) have revealed long-term unemployement on the Isle of Wight is double the level it is in the South East.
More than a quarter of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants on the Isle of Wight have been in reciept of the benefit for 12 months or more, according to the Office of National Statistics.
The ONS found that in February 1,110 people aged 16 to 64 on the Isle of Wight had claimed the benefit for a year of more, out of a total of 4,105 claimants.
That was equivalent to 1.3 per cent of the Island's population, compared to a South East figure of 0.6 per cent.
Since June 2012 the percentage of people claiming the benefit for a year of more has not risen in the South East however, on the Isle of Wight, the figure has increased from 1.1 per cent to the current level of 1.3 per cent.
The total number of people claiming the benefit rose by 125 from 3,980 in January.
Last month Blockbuster announced it was closing all four of its Isle of Wight branches and HMV confirmed it was to close its Island store.