JSA claimants in Devon are lowest on record

Posted on: 19 May 2016

Devon’s Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants fell by 406 (12%) during April 2016 with total claimants now standing at 3,312 – the lowest figure on record.

Devon’s 12% fall in claimants far exceeded the UK average of a 4% fall over the same period.

All of Devon’s districts experienced falls in claimants. The largest fall was in North Devon where total claimants fell by 100 claimants.

This was closely followed by East Devon with a fall of 72 claimants over the same period.

The claimant rate (the percentage of the county’s working age population claiming JSA) fell across all districts with exception of Exeter and West Devon which experienced no change from the previous month, March.

North Devon experienced the greatest fall of 0.2% – down to 0.7%. The highest JSA claimant rate in Devon was in Torridge at 1.1% and the lowest in East Devon and South Hams at 0.6%. The rate for the UK as a whole is 1.5%.

The number of young claimants (claimants aged 24 and under) also fell in the county. Devon’s total number of young claimants fell by 80 claimants with falls in all eight districts.

North Devon and Torridge experiencing the largest falls of 15 claimants each, with Exeter, South Hams and West Devon respectively registering falls of 5 claimants.

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

“Yet again we see Devon’s JSA claimants at their lowest level on record, with significant falls in areas with historically high claimant levels.

“As a council we continue to work closely with local enterprise and educational institutions, to help boost entrepreneurial spirit in our schools, and ensure our future workforce is upskilled in areas of demand.

“This is in addition to our collaboration on LEP wide schemes, aiming to boost productivity and employment. As well as schemes such as our Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant, helping local businesses to tap into growing markets and promote the County as a great location for business.”

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