Job seekers

The number of Islanders out of work and claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) last month (February) is up, both year-on-year and compared to the previous month.

Government figures show there were 2,115 people claiming in February on the Isle of Wight this year – an annual rise of 355 people.

There has also been a monthly rise of 160 since January 2019, with the number of people claiming then at 1,955.

Nationally, figures show a record 32.7 million people are now in work.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the jobless rate fell by 35,000 between November and January.