Unemployment in Devon continues to fall

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Posted on: 15 August 2012

The number of people in Devon claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has fallen for the fifth consecutive month.

The claimant count across the county has decreased from 9,327 people in June to 9,271 in July, a 0.6% fall, slightly less than last month’s 4.5% drop.

Seasonal employment continues to push unemployment figures down but the rate of the working age population (16-64) claiming JSA remains at 2% this month

This bucks the national trend which has seen an 0.5% increase over the same period from 1,564.156 to 1,572,672 .

There has been no change in youth unemployment  between June and July with the number of people under 24 claiming JSA remaining at 2,760 where nationally there has been a 2.6 increase month on month.

Councillor William Mumford, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said; “The figures are about what we expected, seasonal employment continues to filter through, but at a slower pace which is normal for this time of year. The slow rate of growth is expected to continue and the contraction seen in the national economy could mean that overall unemployment levels will continue to remain high for some time but for now Devon’s labour market continues to benefit from seasonal employment opportunities.”

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2 comments on “Unemployment in Devon continues to fall

  1. Cllr Tony Howard on said:

    The unemployment among the younger age group is indeed of great concern, but hopefully the potential employment investment taking place in the Western Growth Point (Exeter/East Devon) will be of sustainable benefit. We all have a chance to spread the word on this potential to ensure our youngsters do not get down-hearted during their current short/medium term situation. I wish them well – most of us have relations and friends who need our support.

  2. Simon Bowkett on said:

    Welcome (though modest) news. However, we should be concerned that the proportion of JSA claimants who have been unemployed for over 12 months continues to climb. 20.9% of Devon’s claimants have now been unemployed for over a year. Last July the figure was 8.1%. We need strategies and interventions to work with this hardest-to-help group, and to tackle inter-generational worklessness.

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