Unemployment in Devon continues to fall
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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