Exmouth JSA claimants in December rise

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 January 2016


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) went up in the month of December, figures have shown.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in Exmouth’s EX8 postcodes, the number of claimants was 181 – up from a total of 174 in November.

The figure was lower than that of December 2014 – when there were 200 claimants.

Last month’s figures for Exmouth are in contrast to the trend in Devon, with the number of JSA claimants falling by 91 in December, now standing at 3,602.

Overall, the claimant rate for Devon (the proportion of the county’s working age population claiming JSA) remained the same at 0.8 per cent, well below the UK average of 1.5 per cent.

Devon county councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “The latest reduction in JSA claimants for December is great to see - JSA claimants once again are at historically low levels.

“Yet again we see a fall in the proportion of youth claimants in December, even in areas where youth unemployment has been historically high.”

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