Town sees fall in number of job claimants

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 January 2016


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

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in Exmouth’s EX8 postcodes, the number of claimants was 174 – down from a total of 186 in October.

The figure was also lower than that of November 2014 – when there were 201 claimants.

Last month’s figures for Exmouth followed a trend of falling claimant numbers across Devon, where the total number of claimants fell by 85 to stand at 3,693. Overall, Devon’s claimant rate is 0.8 per cent, below the UK rate of 1.6 per cent.

Devon county councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “The latest reduction in JSA claimants for November is a welcome return to the consistent overall trend of a substantial reduction in claimants over the last few years. While the reduction from October is, in the wider scheme of things, small, we have to remember that, overall, JSA levels are now near all-time lows.

“We continue to back schemes aiming to tackle the issue of comparatively high youth unemployment.”

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