UNEMPLOYMENT on the Isle of Wight has risen slightly, for the first time in five months.
There were 22 more Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in August, compared with July, according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures released today (Wednesday).
The number of claimants increased from 2,937 to 2,959. That represented 3.5 per cent of the Isle of Wight population aged between 16 and 64, the same percentage as in July, according to the ONS.
In previous years Isle of Wight unemployment has risen at the end of the summer, as the main tourist season comes to an end.
In August 2011 there was increase of 99 claimants compared with the previous month. Unemployment in the same months in 2010 fell slightly, but in 2009 it rose from 2,995 to 3,196.