Further seasonal drop Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits

As we see every year, there was a seasonal drop in the number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits in June 2018.

Bucket and spade

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 1,340 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during June 2018.

The figures show a fall of 105 since May, when there were 1,445 claimants, and a fall of 30 from June 2017 (1,370 JSA claimants).

Details of the latest jobs on the Isle of Wight can be found on Jobs OnTheWight.

Of those claiming in June 2018,

  • 895 were male
  • 450 were female
  • 260 were aged 18 To 24
  • (165 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 665 were aged 25 To 49
  • 410 were aged 50+

That means 1.7% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 1.2% more than the rest of the South East (1.3%), and 0.5% less than the whole of the UK (2.2%).

New measures
The measure of those receiving ‘out of work benefit’s has been changed by the Office of National Statistics. In the past it was based purely on those claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

The change now includes Universal Credit and is still experimental, so ONS says, will not necessarily be a true reflection of the situation.

They say,

The Claimant Count is the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed.

This is measured by combining the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits with the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed. Claimants declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made.

The measure of the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed is still being developed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Consequently this component of the total Claimant Count does not yet correctly reflect the target population of unemployed claimants and is subject to revisions. For this reason the Claimant Count is currently designated as Experimental Statistics.

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Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 12:39pm

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1.7% – 1.2% does not equal 1.3% unless you’re a Conservative Minister trying to show how brilliant Universal Credit is.

And how many people have been so beaten down by the system that they’ve just given up trying to find work, or have joined the Black Economy?

And I love the idea that the method of counting is “still being developed”. What an excuse for misleading!