About the data
Claimant Count unemployment in Devon fell dramatically from 2012 in the wake of the financial crisis, but has since seen a slight increase. Claimant Count data in Devon follows a cyclical pattern; each summer unemployment benefit claimants fall as temporary jobs in the seasonal tourist and agricultural sectors become available. During the autumn this number rises again before peaking around February/March.
Claimant count is now at its highest level since April 2014, at 1.2%. High levels of uncertainty affecting businesses prior to Brexit is likely to be a factor in this increase, with employment levels falling in the same period. Claimant count is still relatively low, at half the national average.
Whilst low levels of unemployment are good for standard of living and may push up wages, the smaller labour pool can create skill shortages for businesses, inhibiting growth. Targeting the long term unemployed and reskilling labour to meet any knowledge gaps in the economy will be important in the next few years.
Last Updated: March 2019