Devon JSA claimant count falls by one

PUBLISHED: 13:43 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:43 17 November 2016

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Devon has reached a new record low for the seventh month in succession, falling by a single claimant.

However, the figure for East Devon in October rose from the previous month, from 419 to 431.

Countywide, the total number of claimants fell from 2,848 to 2,847.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “It is exceptionally encouraging to see JSA levels at their lowest on record for the seventh month in a row.

“As a council we continue to work closely with local businesses, educational institutions and our Local Enterprise Partnership, in order to attract inward investment, reduce unemployment and help drive forward Devon’s economy.

“This includes schemes such as the Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant, helping businesses tap into growing markets, and initiatives such as Devon’s Fab Lab and Enterprise in Schools, helping to boost digital skills and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our young people.”

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