The latest Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show another fall in numbers of claimants across the county.
The total in Warwickshire now stands at 4,135 which is a fall of 334 since August. This is the seventh month in a row that the county wide figure has fallen – it is now over 2,000 less than in February this year. As has been reported nationally there was a big fall in the numbers of young people who were claiming. In Warwickshire the number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA last month fell by just under ten percentage points from August. At a borough and district level the biggest fall in claimants in this age group was in Nuneaton & Bedworth (down by twenty four percentage points) whilst the smallest fall was in Warwick District (down by three percentage points).
Data is also released by ONS for claimant on and off flows, i.e. the numbers who start or cease to claim JSA. When looked at by occupation the figures show that most of the new claimants (47%) were from sales and customer service occupations. A further 21% were from elementary low skilled occupations.
Some 47% discontinued their claim as they had found work or increased their working hours to more than 16 hours a week. However a further 29% were recorded as having failed to sign. The figures for the 18-24 age group show that fewer (41%) had found work or had increased working hours and 38% had failed to sign.