Devon’s JSA claimants lowest on record for second month running

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Posted on: 20 June 2016

The number of Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in Devon fell to 3,237 during May, the lowest on record.

In Devon the total number of claimants fell 75 when compared to the previous month April.

Seven of Devon’s eight districts experiencing small falls in JSA, ranging between 6 and 8 claimants. Exeter being the exception, with a rise of just 5 claimants over the period.

The claimant rate (proportion of the county’s working age population claiming JSA) remained largely unchanged, South Hams and West Devon falling by just 0.1%.

The number of youth claimants across Devon (claimants aged 24 and under) fell by 30 claimants between April and June 2016.

At a district level, all of Devon’s districts, with the exceptions of South Hams and Teignbridge, experienced falls in youth claimants. North Devon had the largest fall of 15 claimants over the period. South Hams experienced no change, with youth claimants in Teignbridge increasing by just 5 claimants.

Devon County Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy Cllr Andrew Leadbetter1and Growth, said:

“It is great to see Devon’s JSA claimants continuing to fall to record lows.

“As a council we continue to back schemes aiming to reduce unemployment, boost wages and increase the diversity of our economy.

“Our network of Work Hubs are providing valuable shared employment space for start-ups, and our continued development of Exeter Science and Sky parks is helping raise the profile of Devon as a place for science, technology and innovation.

“This is in addition to our collaboration on other LEP wide schemes, aiming to boost productivity and employment. As well as schemes such as our Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant, helping business tap into growing markets.”

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