The welcome drop in unemployment announced last week was countered by the continued rise in the number of Lone Parents on JSA. This group, of almost 120,000, now accounts for 8% of JSA claimants.
The growth in Lone Parents has contributed to the growing number of women on JSA, which at 484,000 is at its highest figure for 15 years.
There has also been a growth in the number of people who want to work full-time, but are having to take part-time jobs. This further squeezes the jobs available for the 67% of Lone Parents on JSA who have children under 12 and so can choose to work part time and in school hours.