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The number of people claiming job seekers allowance on the Isle of Wight has fallen for the first time in four months.

There were 1,665 people out of work last month (March), that’s down from 1765 in February.

It’s also a year-on-year fall of 40 claimants, and the lowest rate of unemployment recorded in 5 years. 

The Island’s latest figures are in keeping with a national trend, as the amount of people in work has reached a record high of 32.2 million.

That’s up 55-thousand during the three months to February, while the number of unemployed people fell by 16-thousand.