Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man Unemployment drop after benefit change

The rate of unemployment in the Isle of Man has fallen to less than 2%.

The Treasury department said the figures are largely due to some claimants moving from job seekers allowance to other benefits.

Government statistics show the number of people out of work in August to be 830, a drop of 0.2% from July.

A treasury spokesman said small improvements were seen across nearly all areas of the economy except catering and entertainment.

The industries showing the highest rates of unemployment are hospitality, construction and retailing.

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