Each month, nomis, a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, publishes a report that records the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits at Jobcentre Plus local offices. This is not an official measure of unemployment, but is the only indicative statistic available for areas smaller than Local Authorities.
The latest figures show that 1,698 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) during December 2015.
The figures show a considerable rise of 161 since November 2015, when there were 1,537 JSA claimants, and a considerable decrease of 272 from December 2014 (1,970 claimants).
Of this month’s total amount, 1095 applicants were male (significantly up 100 on last month, considerably down 204 on this time last year) and 603 female, (considerably up 61 on last month, considerably down 68 on this time last year).
The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the Isle of Wight region in December 2015 was 2.17%, based on 1,698 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 78,100 (Oct 2014-Sep 2015 figure).
The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the United Kingdom region in December 2015 was 1.55%, based on 630,138 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 40,697,500 (Oct 2014-Sep 2015 figure).
nomis also publish flow figures, a monthly count of claimants who either a) were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (stocks) on the count date, b) ended a claim (off-flows) during the previous accounting month or c) started a new claim (on-flows) during the previous accounting month.
Flows for the last month in the Isle of Wight area showed an on-flow of 427 claimants and off-flow of 261, resulting in a stock total of 1698 claimants.
This corresponded to 259 males joining and 157 leaving (resulting in 1095 male claimants on the count date) and 168 females joining, with 104 leaving, (leaving 603 female claimants on the count date).
Over the previous month, for all ages claiming all durations in the Isle of Wight area: 110 found work, 65 failed to sign, 45 not known, 20 ceased claiming, 5 claimed incapacity benefit, 5 claimed income support, 5 defective claim, 5 gone abroad (approximate, rounded figures).
Some figures may be rounded so exact calculations or exact comparison of figures may not be possible.
High Areas of Unemployment
Areas with high levels of overall unemployment (>=3% of proportion of resident population aged 16-64 estimates): Newport East, Ryde North East, Ryde North West, Ryde South, Sandown North, Shanklin Central, Shanklin South.
Areas with high levels of unemployment (>=3.0% of proportion of resident population aged 16-64 estimates) by gender:
- Male: Lake North, Lake South, Newport Central, Newport East, Newport North, Ryde East, Ryde North East, Ryde North West, Ryde South, Ryde West, Sandown North, Sandown South, Shanklin Central, Shanklin South, Ventnor East, Whippingham and Osborne
- Female: Newport East, Ryde North East
Choropleth map showing claimant rate as a proportion of the total population in the area aged 16-64.
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