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Unemployment falls in Devon
5:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Devon
The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon is continuing to fall, with figures decreasing by 282 claimants over the past month, however youth unemployment remains a concern.
Claimants in Devon have fallen from 7,497 in July to 7,215 in August – meaning that figures have now decreased over the past six consecutive months. Even though Devon reflects the national trend, the month on month drop of 3.8% in Devon has occurred at a faster rate compared to the UK (2%).
Year on year, the number of people claiming JSA in Devon has fallen by 2,058 claimants or 22.2%, a bigger decrease than the national figure of 11.5% over the year.
The number of people aged 24 and under claiming JSA is also down – by 115 claimants – falling from 2,060 in July to 1,945 in August. This represents a 5.6% monthly decrease, compared to the UK average of 1.5%.
In August 2012, youth unemployment in the county stood at 2,745 compared to 1,945 in August 2013, which is a 29.1% reduction (or 800 claimants) over the year and a bigger reduction than the UK average of 18.2%.
Youth unemployment in Devon accounts for 27% of the total JSA claimants compared to 26.8% for the UK as a whole.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “This latest decrease in people claiming JSA is not unexpected at this time of year and reflects the seasonal nature of Devon’s employment market. The recent good weather has no doubt been a welcome boost to local businesses this year. We have now seen claimant levels fall for six consecutive months, which alongside reports of growth in output and a dip in inflation are encouraging signs. It’s also welcome news that youth unemployment has fallen again this month. The reduction of 800 young claimants over the year is significant and a trend which we hope will continue. The latest figures and yearly comparisons make positive reading and show signs that the Devon economy is picking up momentum.”
The claimant count in Devon stands at 1.6% of the working age population, remaining considerably lower than the national figure of 3.4%.
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