Unemployment claims nationally have hit 2,000,000 and if you follow this blog you’ll know I regularly report the JobSeeker’s Allowance JSA claims for Wandsworth. The figures for February were released yesterday and showed a 13.6% jump from January.
The increase means I’ve had to change the scale on the graph I was using (which only went to 5,000). I’ve added 1,000 to the scale, but suspect it won’t last long.
In total 5,481 people were claiming JSA in Wandsworth in February. This is an increase of 658 (13.6%) since January this year and an increase of 1,697 (44.8%) since February last year. This figure contributes to a total 20,700 (10%) people who are claiming working age benefits in Wandsworth.
Gordon Brown still hasn’t said sorry.
It’s worth pointing out that unemployment and JSA claims are not the same thing. You can be unemployed but, for whatever reason, not claim JSA. The most recent total unemployment figures for Wandsworth are for June 2008 when 9,000 people were listed as unemployed but only 3,741 people were claiming JSA.