JSA Figures, Isle of Wight, November, 2015

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 1,537 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) during November 2015.

The figures show a large increase of 212 since October 2015, which saw 1,325 JSA claimants, and a considerable decrease of 271 from November 2014 (1,808).

Of the current total, 995 applicants were male (considerably up 135 on last month, considerably down 190 on this time last year) and 542 were female, (considerably up 77 on last month, considerably down 81 on this time last year).

The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the Isle of Wight region in November 2015 was 1.96%, based on 1,537 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 78,500 (Jul 2014-Jun 2015 figure).

The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the United Kingdom region in November 2015 was 1.58%, based on 641,989 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 40,674,000 (Jul 2014-Jun 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 576 claimants and off-flow of 370, leaving a stock total of 1537.

This corresponded to 358 males joining and 228 leaving (leaving a total stock of 995) and 218 females joining, with 142 leaving, (resulting in a total stock of 542).

Over the previous month, for all ages claiming all durations in the Isle of Wight area: 155 found work, 105 failed to sign, 60 not known, 20 ceased claiming, 10 gone abroad, 5 claimed another benefit, 5 defective claim, 5 gone to full-time education, 5 increases work to 16+ hours/week (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, Shanklin Central.

Areas with high levels of unemployment (>=3.0% of proportion of resident population aged 16-64 estimates) by gender:

  • Male: 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 West
  • Female: 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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JSA Figures, Isle of Wight, November, 2015