THE number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants on the Isle of Wight has fallen below the national average for the first time in over a year and a half.
The total number of people claiming the unemployment benefit dropped from 2,285 in April to 2,030 in May, according to Office of National Statistics figures released today.
That meant that on the Isle of Wight 2.5 per cent of those aged 16 to 64 were claiming the benefit, compared with 2.6 per cent nationally.
It was still much higher than in the south east, where the figure was 1.6 per cent, but was the first time since August 2012 the Isle of Wight was lower than the national average.
For more on this story and the work being done to reduce unemployment on the Island, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, June 13.