New figures reveal that over 5,200 people were out of work and claiming benefits during the month of January.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits on the Isle of Wight has increased by almost 90% year-on-year, climbing from 2,765 in January 2020 to 5,245 in January 2021.
It’s known that of those claiming out of work benefits in January, including Universal Credit, the majority were aged 25-49 (2,730) followed by those aged 50+ (1,435). Young people have also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with 1,070 Islanders aged 18-24 unemployed.
Between the Isle of Wight entering Tier 4 in December and the end of January, when the third national lockdown hit, a further 45 people lost their jobs and took to benefits.
The Isle of Wight’s is now sitting above the national average by 0.4% for those aged 16-64 and claiming unemployment benefits.