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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - May 2011

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in April continues to fall which is particularly encouraging. This sees claimant count fall from 9,988 in March to 9,451 in April, representing a 5.4% decrease month on month. This also sees the rate of the working age population who are receipt of this out of work benefit drop from 2.2% to 2.1%. This follows the trend seen nationally (UK), although rates are increasing somewhat faster in Devon. In comparison with our neighbours, the rate of JSA claimants in Devon has remained below all areas and the national average for the last twelve months.