Exmouth’s dole numbers are at the lowest level for over 30 years

PUBLISHED: 07:12 26 July 2015

Retail movement in North Devon and Torridge is helping to create a more buoyant labour market. Picture: Andy Keeble

Retail movement in North Devon and Torridge is helping to create a more buoyant labour market. Picture: Andy Keeble

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The number of dole claimants in Exmouth has dropped to the lowest levels since records began 32 years ago.

There were 154 JobSeeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants up to the end of May 2015 in the EX8 postal area.

JSA figures have been recorded since 1983, and the highest monthly rate was 1,655 in January 1986 - 10 per cent of Exmouth’s working age population.

The figures in Exmouth have steadily fallen since January when there were 218 claimants.

Of the 154, just 15 are aged beween 18 and 24.

The drop in youth unemployment is associated with Devon’s seasonal industries recruiting for the summer season.

The figures are comparable with Devon as a whole.

There were just 3,720 JSA claimants in Devon up to the end of May, just 0.8 per cent of the county’s working age population, down from 0.9 per cent the previous month. This is the lowest number in the county since 1983

JSA claimants are 30 per cent lower than in May 2014 and nearly 60 per cent lower than in May 2011.

All of Devon’s eight districts, with the exception of West Devon, experienced further decreases in claimants between April and May 2015.

Devon county councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy, said: “The fall in JSA claimants, both in terms of overall and youth unemployment, are an extremely encouraging sign for Devon and the health of its economy.”


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