Seasonal fall in number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits

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

Pensioners on beach

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 2020 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during June 2019 – these figures also includes Universal Credit figures (see below).

The figures show a fall of 80 since May, when there were 2,100 claimants, and a rise of 695 from June 2018 (1,325 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 June 2019,

  • 1,225 were male
  • 795 were female
  • 10 were 16-17
  • 390 were aged 18 To 24
  • (245 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 1,040 were aged 25 To 49
  • 575 were aged 50+

That means 2.5% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 0.7% more than the rest of the South East (1.8%), and 0.3% less than the whole of the UK (2.8%).

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.

Image: natashahirtzel under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 9:39am



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Surely the headline should be along the lines of “Seasonal workers go back to work causing claimant figures to drop like they do every year” though it should come with the following disclaimer “Actual scale and relevance of seasonal drop unknown due to change in measurement criteria”. On second thoughts maybe the latter one should be the headline…


I have pondered on the relevance of the photograph to the article and have failed to come to a definitive conclusion.

‘Unemployed Islander’s await new wave of job offers?’ perhaps or maybe ‘Tide turns for Island Jobless?’