JSA claimants rise slightly

employment and skills

Posted on: 12 November 2015

Devon’s Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants increased by 91 between September and October 2015 to 3,778.

The overall claimant rate for Devon (the proportion of the county’s working age population) however remained the same at 0.8% – still far below the UK average of 1.6%.

At a district level, Exeter fell by 12 claimants, the rest experiencing small increases.

Torridge – a district known for historically higher levels of JSA claimants – only rose by 1 claimant over the period, the largest increase experienced by North Devon which increased by 36 claimants (17 lower than the previous month).

The claimant rate remained largely unchanged from August at a district level, the highest rate still being Torridge at 1.3%, still below the UK average of 1.6%.

The number of people aged 24 and under claiming JSA in Devon increased by 40, with East Devon and Exeter figures falling by 5 and 10 claimants respectively. All other districts experienced small increases no higher than 20 claimants.

The number of people aged 24 and under claiming JSA in Devon as a proportion of total claimants rose slightly.

In Devon 21.7%% of all claimants were under the age of 25, as opposed to 19.8% nationally, although as overall unemployment in Devon is low, actual numbers of younger claimants are also low.

At a district level all areas with the exception of Exeter, South Hams and West Devon experienced increases in the proportion of younger claimants.

The largest proportionate rise in younger claimants was in Torridge, where it went up by 4.1% from September (an increase of 20 claimants).

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

“The latest JSA figures are in line with the historical trend for an increase in claimants around this time of year as the summer season draws to a close.

“It is important to put such increases in context.  The current figure of 3,778 claimants for Devon is 8% lower than this time last year and 60% lower than in October 2011.

“Whilst youth claimants have increased since June this year, it is also important to put such figures in the context of the wider trend – the current figure for Devon being 80% lower than back in 2011.

“As ever, we are not complacent and we continue to back schemes such as Work Hubs and Enterprise Education, as well as raising the issue of youth unemployment at a Local Enterprise Partnership level.  We are currently working with Government to bring forward schemes using new European funding programmes to help the hardest to reach unemployed people into sustainable employment. This includes providing younger people with the aspiration for a longer-term career pathway.”

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