Numbers claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance has fallen in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 March 2016


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Exmouth went down in February, figures have shown.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in Exmouth’s EX8 postcodes, the number of claimants was 190 – down from 193 in January.

The figure was lower than that of February 2015 – when there were 217 claimants. Last month’s figures for Exmouth are in contrast to the trend in Devon, with the number of JSA claimants rising slightly in February by 172, now standing at 3,924.

Overall, the claimant rate for Devon (the proportion of the county’s working age population claiming JSA) rose to 0.8 per cent in East Devon and 0.9 per cent in Mid Devon, which is well below the UK average of 1.6 per cent,

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “It is encouraging to see February’s figures well below those from the same period last year. However, we recognise more needs to be done. We continue to work with local businesses and educational institutions to ensure the overall trend for reductions in JSA claimants continues.”

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