Number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits rises again

There’s been a rise in number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits, and a rise since the same time last year.

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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 2,170 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during April 2019 – these figures also include Universal Credit figures (see below).

The figures see a rise of 25 since March, when there were
2,145 claimants, and a rise of 625 from April 2018 (1,545 JSA claimants).

Universal Credit now rolled-out
The latest figures now include the roll-out of Universal Credit providing a broader span of claimants than previously. The number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count was expected to rise.

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

Breakdown of claimants
Of those claiming in April 2019,

  • 1,330 were male
  • 835 were female
  • 455 were aged 18 To 24
  • (285 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 1,075 were aged 25 To 49
  • 625 were aged 50+

That means 2.7% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 0.9% more than the rest of the South East (1.8%), and the same as the whole of the UK (2.7%).

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.

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.

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Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 9:37am



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Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Very interesting.

Only last week – when the visit by Liz Truss was here – we were told unemployment figures had gone down?


Lies, dam lies, and statistics!!