Further drop in number Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits

Figures for the number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits in April 2018 have been released.

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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 1,500 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during April 2018.

The figures show a fall of 165 since March, when there were 1,665 claimants, and a fall of 50 from April 2017 (1,550 JSA claimants).

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

Of those claiming in April 2018,

  • 995 were male
  • 505 were female
  • 325 were aged 18 To 24
  • (205 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 735 were aged 25 To 49
  • 435 were aged 50+

That means 1.9% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 0.5% more than the rest of the South East (1.4%), and 0.3% 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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Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 8:29am

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electrickery

This sounds like a resounding success for the Tories’ assessment policy. Fewer claiming, or fewer being accepted as claimants? And I love the bit about “experimental statistics” – aren’t they all?

Rockhopper

Summer season recruitment would have already started in April. Any idea when the ONS measures for collecting data started, please? Thanks1