Jobseeker’s Allowance claims still rising

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:54 27 October 2015

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Exmouth has risen for the third month in succession, figures have shown.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in Exmouth’s EX8 postcodes, the number of claimants in September was 185.

This continues a trend which saw the number rise from 144 in June to 154 in July, and 165 in August, although the latest increase does coincide with the end of the summer holiday season.

However, this did not extend to fellow East Devon seaside town Sidmouth, which saw a slight drop in claimants in September, from 36 to 34. Across Devon, there was a slight increase in the number of claimants, to 3,297, but the percentage figure remained at 0.8 per cent – far below the UK average of 1.7 per cent.

Devon County Council cabinet member for economy and growth Andrew Leadbetter said: “The rise in JSA claimants for September is in line with the historical trend for an increase in claimants around this time of year as the summer season ends.

“It is worth casting back to this time last year when Devon claimants stood at 4,233, which at that time was the lowest on record.

“The current figure is 28 per cent lower than this, signifying that the overall trend for Devon continues to be a very positive one.

“However, we continue to focus efforts on tackling the higher-than-average youth claimants, through schemes such the Youth Deal wage progression pilot and the council’s Enterprise in Education grant.

“Ongoing work focused on the East Devon Growth Point and Okehampton East Business Park is helping boost the variety of employment opportunities across Devon.”

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