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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - July 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the fourth consecutive month and the claimant count is now the lowest it has been since last August. The latest fall in the number of people claiming JSA was to be expected and reflects the usual trend seen at this time of year which is related to the seasonal nature of Devon’s economy.
In June there were 9,327 people claiming JSA which represents 2% of the working age population. This has fallen from last month when the rate of the working age population (16-64) claiming this out of work benefit stood at 2.1%. Between May and June the number of people claiming JSA fell by 4.5% (440 claimants). This follows the trend across the UK however Devon’s fall in unemployment has occurred at over double the rate of the national average.