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The number of unemployed people on the Isle of Wight during the month of August increased by 40 compared to July, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Unusually for the time of the year the number of Islanders receiving out of work benefits increased to 1,255 in August from 1,215 in July. Year-on-year it is an increase of 80 from 1,175 in August 2015.

The Office for National Statistics have changed how the figures are generated. Previously, the figures were based on the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants, however now the figures will include claimants of Universal Credit.

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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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