Sharp rise in young Isle of Wight jobseekers

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

THERE has been a sharp rise in the number of youg people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance on the Isle of Wight.

According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today (Wednesday) the total number of people claiming the out of work benefit rose from 2,994 in September to 3,158 in October — a rise of 164.

It was the third consecutive monthly rise.

According to the ONS the percentage of people aged 16 to 64 claiming the benefit on the Isle of Wight rose from 3.6 per cent to 3.8 per cent.

The number of people aged between 18 and 24 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose from 850 to 930, representing 9 per cent of that age group on the Island, the highest number since May.

That was compared with 4.7 per cent in the South East and 7.2 per cent nationally.

Youth unemployment on the Isle of Wight was higher this time last year however. In October 2011 the number of people aged 18 to 24 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance was 995, or 9.6 per cent.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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