Report 10 Facts About Benefits Britain in House prices and the economy Posted June 17, 2014 My mate who works in the job centre says the difference in your two figures is down to the JSA bill figure you've used including the department administration costs. He reckons the actual figure paid to claimants is around 4.5bn and the DWP figures for payments to claimants would probably back that up. You spectacularly missed my point. JSA is only one payment to the unemployed. Yet the statement says only 2.6% of benefits go to the unemployed. It is a huge misdirection to suggest JSA represents total payments to the unemployed. In fact based on people i know claiming, i would hazard a guess that JSA accounts for less than 20% of the overall benefit they get.