UNEMPLOYMENT on the Isle of Wight has risen for the seventh month in a row, figures revealed today (Wednesday).
Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed the number of people, aged between 16 and 64, claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance leapt by 280 from 3,700 in December to 3,980 in January.
But the rise was not as high as this time last year, when the number of claimants rose by 300, from 3,665 to 3,965 between December and January.
Last month’s rise has followed a succession of closures on the high street, with Blockbuster being the latest to announce it was closing its Isle of Wight Branches with the loss of around 20 jobs.
The number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance rose by 75, from 1,070 in December to 1,145 in January, the highest figure since March 2012.
The figure represents almost 12 per cent of people on the Island in that age group, however this time last year the picture was worse.
In January 2012, 1,275 or 13 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The number of people aged 50 or over claiming the out-of-work benefit rose by 50, from 740 to 790, and those aged between 25 and 49 rose by 150 , from 1,880 to 2,030.
Steve Butler, spokesman for Isle of Wight Trades Union Council said: "It's about time MP Andrew Turner and council leader David Pugh worked together to get funding for the Isle of Wight to deal with the high level of unemployment."