Briefings and Blog

Need help? How to use this site >

November Economic Briefing

For the first time in seven months the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon,
has risen from 8,188 in September to 8,215 in October representing a 0.3% increase (27 claimants). Even though this is only a slight increase this is bucking the trend seen both regionally and nationally, where JSA claimant count has continued to fall in October by 1.0% and 1.6% respectively. However, on a more positive note when compared to the same period last year there has been a substantial decrease in the number of people across Devon claiming JSA, from 9,645 claimants in October 2009 to 8,215 in October 2010, equating to an approximate 15% decrease year on year, which is higher than the percentage decrease of 10.5% seen nationally.