Jobseeker's Allowance claims drop below national rate

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


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.

JSA May 2014



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by Lara Johnson

11th June 2014, at 13:49:34

The only reason why the claims are going down is because they keep on sanctioning everyone.

For example, a good friend of mine was on Jobseekers for just under a year (the company he was working for went out of business), he lived in Sandown and had to travel to Ryde on the bus to 'Sign On'. On one occasion, the bus arrived 20 minutes late, he was 5 minutes late to 'Sign On' and was sanctioned. He lost all payments for 6 months and almost ended up living on the streets. I do agree that a lot of people on Jobseekers are not trying hard enough, but some people really need that little bit of extra help when their in need.

Anyway to make them look good and see the numbers going down, eh?

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by Mark Dunsford

11th June 2014, at 13:38:58

As our economy is mainly leisure based we should always be lower than the national average in the summer and higher in the winter though the chart definitely seems to show a drop compared to the previous two years.

However the overall shape is the normal seasonal trend and I wonder how much of this drop is due to the elimination of 16 and 17 year olds from the statistics due to the new legislation requiring them to stay in education and training until age 18.

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by David Shoulder

11th June 2014, at 12:17:18

Marginally good news. Of course there is seasonality involved - but what might the figures also show? An Isle of Wight upturn? Unemployed have got the message and are seeking work on the mainland where their prospects of work at decent rates improve? Or the governments tightening of a benefits lifestyle is finally having good effect? Hopefully some of all 3.

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