East Devon sees biggest job claimants rise in county

PUBLISHED: 12:02 20 January 2017

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Devon saw an increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants during December – with East Devon recording the highest increase of any district.

The county-wide figure increased by 58, compared with the previous month, taking the total claimant count to 2,918.

The increase included an additional 24 claimants in East Devon.

Devon County Council said that despite the increase, the figure for Devon was 19 per cent lower than December 2015.

There was also a decrease in young claimants – aged 24 and below – with a drop of 15 across Devon, and five in East Devon.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “While Devon experienced a small rise in JSA claimants in December youth claimants have actually decreased, and compared to 2015, the total claimant count for December is still 19 per cent lower than the previous year.

“However, as a council we are not complacent, and continue to back schemes aiming to reduce unemployment, boost wages and increase the diversity of our economy.

“Our recently awarded phase two contracts for Connecting Devon and Somerset will further extend the rollout of superfast fibre broadband, delivering a step change in connectivity to some of Devon’s remotest areas.

“Our REAL Devon grants are helping local people and businesses to develop opportunities which improve the rural economy, and our Work Hub network is continuing to provide valuable shared employment space for start-ups.

“In addition we continue to push the development of Exeter Science Park and Skypark - helping raise the profile of Devon as a place for science, technology and innovation.”

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