UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen again on the Isle of Wight, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance dropping from 2,986 to 2,937.
The fall of 49 was the fifth month in a row when the number of claimants dropped and came at a time when nationally unemployment rose.
The figure represents 3.5 per cent of the Isle of Wight population aged 16 to 64.
In the South East, 2.5 per cent of 16 to 64 year olds claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance and nationally the figure rose to 3.8 per cent for July, compared to 3.6 per cent the previous month.
This time last year Isle of Wight unemployment had started to rise.
In July 2011 the number of claimants on the Isle of Wight was 2,730 compared to 2,657 the previous month.