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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18 Comments on "Isle of Wight JSA figures for June 2015 released"

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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.

Mr T

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.

Stewart Blackmore
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… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

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.

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… Read more »

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.


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.


IPSA is independent? Yeah right! Review its membership and their main jobs, daily rates for IPSA duties and taxpayer paid quango roles!

Mark Francis

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