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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - November 2011

For the first time since July the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Devon has fallen from 9,556 in September to 9,516 in October, this represents a 0.4% decrease month on month and follows the national trend (UK) where there has been a 1% decrease. As the decrease is only slight, this has had no impact on the rate of people aged 16-64 claiming JSA and this remains the same at 2.1%. Encouragingly the rate of unemployment in Devon remains below the UK average of 3.9% as well as our neighbouring authorities, a trend which has

been apparent post recession.