Isle of Wight JSA figures for June 2015 released

The figures for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance in June 2015 on the Isle of Wight have been released today.

Good job sign:

Figures were released today (15th July) for unemployed claimants which show that 1,221 people on the Isle of Wight were claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in June 2015.

Unemployment Benefit figures released by the Office for National Statistics show a decrease of 158 since May 2015, which reported 1,379 JSA claimants, and a decrease of 534 from June 2014 (1,755).

Last month saw a total figure of 1,379, of which 936 applicants were male and 443 were female.
Of this month’s total figure, 841 applicants were male and 380 were female. At the same time last year, 1195 applicants were male and 560 female.

That means 1.5% of the resident Isle of Wight population aged 16-64 are persons claiming JSA – 0.5% more than the rest of the South East (1.0%), and 0.2% less than the whole of the UK (1.7%).

JSA figures - month on month June 2015

The bulk of the text (and the graph) was automatically generated by a computer programme. Developed in conjunction with Tony Hirst.

Image: Bark Bud under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 15th July, 2015 10:05am



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  1. The regularity of the curves show the effect of the Island’s reliance on seasonal employment- no jobs up in the winter, jobs in the summer.

    • Sally Perry

      15.Jul.2015 11:11am

      Indeed, it’s the same every year. Lower comparison with previous years may also be down to more sanctions.

      • But the trend in unemployment is downwards which is good news.

        • Sally Perry

          15.Jul.2015 11:29am

          Sanctions … zero hour contracts … don’t be fooled that the picture is as good as it might appear from a handful of government stats.

          • Fact is that government policy is working and getting people back into jobs. And having a job is the best way out of poverty. I appreciate that is annoying to lefties like you to see a Conservative government succeeding but there it is. Ian Duncan Smith is to be commended.

          • “IDS is to be commended” Not the verb those affected by his cuts might use?

          • Mark Francis

            16.Jul.2015 10:13am

            & today we learn that 63% of child poverty is in working families. This is reflected in food bank referrals. Recent statistics released at the budget show that only 2% of welfare expenditure is on the unemployed whereas 42% is on pensions.
            Yet still working people are encouraged to demonise the unemployed whilst the rich are getting richer at an ever increasing rate & laughing at you.

          • (per ONS) “Before taxes and benefits the richest fifth of (UK) households had an average income of £80,800 in 2013/14, 15 times greater than the poorest fifth who had an average income of £5,500.”

            Note “15 times greater”

      • (per ONS) “In general, anybody who carries out at least on hour’s paid work in a week, or is temporarily away from a job (e.g. on holiday) is in employment. Also counted as in employment are people who are on government supported training schemes and people who do unpaid work for their family’s business.”

      • @Observer two problems with alleged downward trend.

        * this set of ONS figures for the Island Island figures are not seasonally adjusted.

        * the ONS data definitions for unemployment and restrictions on JSA claimants mean that comparisons are difficult to make to confirm the trend.

  2. Good news.

    But they really need to publish the number of people sanctioned (and therefore unemployed but not showing in the statistics) or else this is all a bit empty.

    Only 1000 unemployed = great.

    Only 1000 unemployed after 800 people have been sanctioned = a bit worrying.

  3. Stewart Blackmore

    15.Jul.2015 1:03pm

    It is good news that any reduction in unemployment affects the Island but, as has been said here and elsewhere, this tends to be seasonal on the Island and has to be taken into the context of huge increases in child poverty on the Island.

    The real story is that this government goes to great lengths to conceal the true level of unemployment.

    I have just heard Andrew Turner ask the Prime Minister about the 2013 migrant figures. He’s really doing a good job highlighting the problems of his constituents! It would be funny if it wasn’t so disgraceful.

    • Lord Bermondsey

      15.Jul.2015 2:46pm

      Haha…… and labour governments of old never concealed the true unemployment figure eh?

      Typical pot kettle and black statement from a political party going backwards.

  4. As with all statistics, there is a cut-off point after which the data is analysed. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the government encourages job centres to sanction claimants in order to massage the figure. Rather like a school removing disruptive pupils for when Ofsted calls. Thatcher did it by putting thousands on invalidity benefit for the sole purpose of taking them off the unemployment benefit figures.

    • Data cut-off points are often set for political reasons.

      Thus the cut-off point for assessing CPI each year is timed so that it will not increase state benefits as required by statute.

  5. So these people struggle on £70.00 a week while our Mps get a payrise higher than a claimant gets in a year. Before anyone mentions it that it was done by a independent body why dont they do that with the rest of the workforce and unemployed.

  6. Mark Francis

    16.Jul.2015 2:57pm

    I had naively imagined that MOPs salary would be linked to a civil service grade. Which civil servants got a 10% pay rise then?

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