Devon’s JSA figures fall again and break 3,000 barrier for the first time

Posted on: 15 September 2016

Devon’s Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants fell by 80 during August with the total claimant now under 3,000 for the first time.

The count now stands at 2,949 – a new historic low and the lowest figure on record for the  fifth month in succession.

Six of Devon’s eight districts experienced falls ranging between one and 32 claimants, with the largest fall of 32 in Exeter.

Claimants in East Devon increased by 24 and by just one in West Devon.

The claimant rate – the proportion of the county’s working age population claiming JSA – remained largely the same with all of Devon’s districts well below the national average of 1.4%.

Torridge’s claimant rate was the highest in the county at just 0.9% and South Hams’s recorded a record low of 0.5%.

Torridge’s claimant rate was also well below the neighbouring regions of Plymouth and Torbay, both at 1.7% and 1.4% respectively.

Youth claimant numbers across Devon  – claimants aged 24 and under – fell by 15 claimants during August 2016.

Average youth claimant count rates in Devon are around the national average and have been steadily falling, having halved since 2012.

At a district level, all but one of Devon’s districts either experienced falls in youth claimants or remained unchanged from July.

Teignbridge and Torridge experienced the largest fall of 10 claimants each; Exeter in contrast, rose by 10 claimants.

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

“It is exceptionally encouraging to see JSA levels at their lowest on record for a fifth month in a row.
“As a council we continue to work closely with local businesses, educational institutions and our Local Enterprise Partnership.
Working collaboratively to attract inward investment, reduce unemployment and help drive forward Devon’s economy.

“Schemes such as Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant are helping businesses tap into growing markets, with Devon County Council’s Broadband voucher scheme connecting our most poorly served premises and business to high speed broadband.

“The voucher scheme is one of the most successful in the country and is allowing rural businesses to compete in the global marketplace with greater potential for increased home working.”

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