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Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - July 2011

Since 2007 Devon County Council has monitored the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) on a monthly basis to provide a barometer of business activity and current labour market conditions. As national policies surrounding changes to welfare benefits filter through, it is debatable whether JSA will continue to provide a good measure as to what is happening in the labour market. This month’s analysis examines this further as well as provides details on the latest JSA figures in Devon for June.

Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - June 2011

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in May continues to fall which is particularly encouraging. This sees the claimant count fall from 9,451 in April to 8,999 in May, representing a decrease of just over 5% month on month, with rates falling steadily since they peaked in February.  The percentage of the working age population who are in receipt of this out of work benefit also dropped from 2.1% in April to 2.0% in May. This follows the trend seen nationally (UK), although rates are falling 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.