Devon's economy is 'picking up momentum' as less people claim benefits (From This is The West Country)
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Devon's economy is 'picking up momentum' as less people claim benefits
8:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Devon
THE number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Devon is continuing to fall.
Figures released by Devon County Council show there were 498 fewer claimants in September than there were in the previous month.
The number fell for the seventh consecutive month, from 7,215 to 6,717.
The number of people aged 24 and under claiming JSA is also down - by 115 claimants - falling from 1,945 in August to 1,830 in September. This represents a 5.9% monthly decrease, compared to the UK average of 4.3%.
In September 2012, youth unemployment in the county stood at 2,700 compared to 1,830 in September 2013, which is a 32.2% reduction (or 870 claimants) over the year and a bigger reduction than the UK average of 20.8%.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “There have been substantial falls in the number of claimants of Jobseekers Allowance, over and above what we would expect at this time of year across the whole of Devon.
He added: "We welcome the news that youth unemployment has fallen this month, a trend which we hope will continue.
"Overall the latest figures and yearly comparisons provide positive news and show signs that the Devon economy is picking up momentum."
Claimant count in Devon at 1.5% of the working age population remains less than half the national figure of 3.2%
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