Devon’s JSA Claimants fall to record low during October

Posted on: 17 November 2016

The number of Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in Devon fell slightly during October, representing the lowest claimant rate on record for the seventh consecutive month.

The total claimant count now stands at 2,847 – a 24% fall when compared to the same time last year.

Three of Devon’s eight districts experienced falls in JSA – Exeter experiencing the greatest fall of 31 claimants. There were also falls in North and Mid Devon of 12 and 15 respectively.

South Hams experienced the greatest increase, with a rise of 14 claimants.

The claimant rate (proportion of the county’s working age population claiming JSA) remained unchanged for Devon at 0.6%, only two districts experiencing minor changes – North Devon falling by 0.1% and Torridge increasing by 0.1%.

Torridge remained the district with the highest claimant rate at 0.9%, still far below the UK average of 1.3% in October.

Youth claimant numbers across Devon (claimants aged 24 and under) fell by 25 claimants between September and October 2016 – Devon’s average youth claimant count rate falling by 0.9% to 12.1%, remaining below the national average of 13.3% for October.

At a district level, East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge each fell by five claimants, the rest remaining unchanged.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter,Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cllr Andrew Leadbetter2Economy and Growth, said:

“It is exceptionally encouraging to see JSA levels at their lowest on record for the seventh month in a row.

As a council we continue to work closely with local businesses, educational institutions and our Local Enterprise Partnership, in order to attract inward investment, reduce unemployment and help drive forward Devon’s economy.

“This includes schemes such as Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant, helping businesses tap into growing markets, and initiatives such as Devon’s Fab Lab and Enterprise in Schools, helping to boost digital skills and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our young people.”

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