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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - April 2011

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in March has fallen for the first time in sixth
months, which is particularly encouraging. This sees claimant count fall from 10,159 in February to 9,988 in March, representing a 2% decrease month on month. However, the rate of the working age population who are in receipt of this out of work benefit remains the same at 2.2%. This follows the trend seen nationally, although rates are decreasing somewhat faster in Devon. In comparison with our neighbours, the rate of JSA claimants in Devon is lower and has also remained lower the national average for the last twelve months.