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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by Stephen Elliott

16th November 2012, at 00:54:20

Mike you have tried to engineered a debate that I wasn't actually trying to facilitate. I was merely stating that retailers are only willing to employ under 18's
I don't know what your trying to prove.

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by Mike Crowe

15th November 2012, at 07:54:37

Had you gone and seen for yourself, you would have seen the help being offered and the jobs available for them wouldn't you/ You wouldn't have remarked on it being a jolly for them. One I spoke to, a sort of training agency, had 5 apprenticeships where they were looking for people to fill. The trouble is the problem of making youth look beyond the payouts they are receiving from the state which doesn't induce them to look ahead. Many do and they were the ones looking and talking to those on the stands. I have personal experience, which I won't go into on here, of a situation whereby the youth can 'have their hand held' if they are willing to accept the help and guidance, but won't get out of bed.

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by Stephen Elliott

15th November 2012, at 01:41:33

That's irrelevant mike, I honestly don't know what angle you are trying to use

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by Mike Crowe

14th November 2012, at 20:25:20

So you didn't go then Stephen?

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 20:12:02

And did these recruiters offering advice actually employ anyone Mike? Or was it a jolly?

And your missing the point I was making. Not once did I not anyone mention that no-one can get a job!

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by Mike Crowe

14th November 2012, at 16:49:41

There was a 'Youth Employmet Fair' (for the want of a better expression) at the College a couple of weeks ago when quite a few employers and trainers were offering advice to Teenagers and those leaving and about to leave school. Did anyone who subscribes to this article and are making comment, visit the said fair?

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 13:19:21

Indeed T, seems retailers are losing touch with real customer services!

That's why different pay levels on minimum wage is disgusting

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by T Rollingsworth

14th November 2012, at 12:44:23

Stephen, maybe they should just apply at all the shops at Wakes Industrial Park? Last time I went in PC world/Currys I was mobbed by a bunch of what seemed like 12 year old employees asking if I needed any help.

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 10:31:14

They need to get a job at dunelm mill as most of the staff are kids and don't even know what a cross stitch is!!!

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