Dole claimers in Exmouth falls

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 May 2014

Ilfracombe has seen a 150 per cent rise in unemployment, according to figures.

Ilfracombe has seen a 150 per cent rise in unemployment, according to figures.

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The numbers of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Exmouth has fallen to just 294, a fall of 11 per cent in just three months.

Up to February 2014, 330 people living in the Exmouth postcode were receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.

That number went down to 294 by the end of March.

Although the figures were as low as 258 last October, with the exception of a three-month spate last summer, when people were in seasonal work, the figures are amongst the lowest figures since 2008.

They are half the numbers recorded in February/March two years ago, in 2012. And the figures are also down 29 per cent down on a year ago –in March 2013 there were 413 people claiming the benefit.

The figures compare well with Devon – the JSA numbers in the county over the same period fell by eight per cent. Devon’s claimants have fallen by 568 claimants, between February and March.

The total number of claimants stands at 1.4 per cent of Devon’s working-age population, down from 1.6 per cent in February. This is roughly half the national rate of 2.9 per cent.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “Although youth unemployment remains a significant issue, the fall in the numbers of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is extremely positive, especially given that the number of JSA claimants aged 24 and under in Devon is now at its lowest level for five years. However, there is still more which can be done through training and apprenticeships and youth unemployment will remain a key priority.

“We have seen major reductions in unemployment over the past year and it’s also particularly encouraging that the total number of people claiming JSA in Devon is at its lowest level for five years, and is still falling. We hope this trend will continue.”

• Figures are provided by the Office of National Statistics.

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