New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown a decrease in the number of residents on the Isle of Wight claiming so-called ‘out of work benefits’.
The figures show that 4,785 people are currently claiming benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance – but this figure also includes those on Universal Credit.
Compared to April 2021, there has been a fall of 525 claimants, which has been linked to the rise in job vacancies caused by the arrival of the Summer tourist season.
The number of those claiming in May 2021 is broken down as follows:
- 2,905 were male
- 1,975 were female
- 1,370 were ages over 50
- 2,560 were aged between 25 and 49
- 935 were aged between 18 to 24
- 5 were aged between 16 and 17
In total, 6.1% of those aged between 16 and 64 on the Isle of Wight are claiming out of work benefits, putting the Island above average for areas in the South East by 1.2%.