JSA Figures, Isle of Wight, January, 2016

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.

Latest Figures

The latest figures show that 1,707 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) during January 2016.

The figures show a slight increase of 9 since December 2015, when there were 1,698 JSA claimants, and a considerable decrease of 365 from January 2015 (2,072 claimants).

Of this month’s total amount, 1128 applicants were male (slightly up 33 on last month, considerably down 258 on this time last year) and 579 female, (slightly down 24 on last month, considerably down 107 on this time last year).

The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the Isle of Wight region in January 2016 was 2.19%, based on 1,707 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 January 2016 was 1.61%, based on 656,620 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 40,697,500 (Oct 2014-Sep 2015 figure).

Flow Report

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 345 claimants and off-flow of 331, resulting in a stock total of 1707 claimants.

This corresponded to 232 males joining and 200 leaving (resulting in 1128 male claimants on the count date) and 113 females joining, with 131 leaving, (leaving 579 female claimants on the count date).

Over the previous month, for all ages claiming all durations in the Isle of Wight area: 120 found work, 100 failed to sign, 55 not known, 20 ceased claiming, 10 claimed incapacity benefit, 10 gone abroad, 5 claimed income support, 5 claimed another benefit, 5 defective claim (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, Ryde West, 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: Brading, St Helens and Bembridge, Freshwater North, Lake North, Lake South, 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: Sandown North

Choropleth map showing claimant rate as a proportion of the total population in the area aged 16-64.

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JSA Figures, Isle of Wight, January, 2016