Jobseeker's Allowance claims lowest since 2008

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


THE number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants on the Isle of Wight has reached its lowest level in almost six years.

According to Office of National Statistic (ONS) figures released today (Wednesday), the number of people claiming the unemployment benefit dropped from 2,030 to 1,755 between May and June.

That was the lowest level since September 2008 and represented 2.1 per cent of the Island's 16 to 64 year olds.

The national average was 2.4 per cent and in the South East the figure was 1.4 per cent.

JSA June 2014



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by John Stone

17th July 2014, at 08:11:20

With such a dramatic drop in the graph it's obvious to any intelligent being that something has changed in the way the figures are calculated/collated!!
Meaningless - how about comparing it to the users of food banks over the same period!!

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by John Heelan

17th July 2014, at 07:48:46

More lies, damn lies and statistics! The government just changes the data definitions to get the results it wants.

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by Steve Williams

16th July 2014, at 17:01:56

Increases in sanctioning benefit claimants means that they are not counted in unemployment figures for the duration of the sanction.

More than a million UK workers are on zero-hour contracts and are classed as employed whether or not they work.

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by Graham Harrison

16th July 2014, at 16:27:46

What I would like to know is how many people have actually "moved off" the island and not longer claim form over here? :-)

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by T Rollingsworth

16th July 2014, at 15:54:25

It would be interesting to know how many of those few thousand are actively looking (and i don't just mean lying!)

I know people that have been on JSA for years and haven't applied for anything, this coupled with people who consider being a mum "Full time employment" that stops them from working. 2.1% is pretty impressive taking the above into account!

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by David Shoulder

16th July 2014, at 13:35:36

Hopefully a strong element is the feckless unemployed are now realising the benefits regime is gradually tightening up - so they have to get some work.

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by Alison Langdon

16th July 2014, at 12:27:46

If you have worked hard and saved well, but find yourself in the difficult position of being unemployed but with savings over the threshold you're not entitled to job seekers allowance. I wonder what the real figure of unemployed people is?

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by naomi A

16th July 2014, at 11:42:25

I wonder how ESA claims have changed?

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by Marie Bevan

16th July 2014, at 11:26:42

It's not rocket science!!! Of course the figures are down dut to seasonal work being available!!!!!!

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