Job Seekers Allowance claimants increase in North Devon and Torridge

08:30 20 February 2014

Ilfracombe has seen a 150 per cent rise in unemployment, according to figures.

Ilfracombe has seen a 150 per cent rise in unemployment, according to figures.


Number of claimants rises above December’s figures - but show a year-on-year decrease compared with January 2013.

THE number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance has increased through January in North Devon and Torridge.

The latest figures show North Devon claimants increased by 5.9 per cent and Torridge claimants increased by 3.1 per cent – the lowest in the county.

This increase mirrors a trend in UK figures which saw JSA claimants rise by 3.1 per cent since December last year.

But the amount of people claiming across the whole of Devon – just 1.6 per cent of the working age population – is still well below the national percentage figure.

And year-on-year, the amount of JSA claimants in the county has decreased by 28.1 per cent.

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for economy and growth said: “Devon County Council, the Heart of the South West LEP and other partners, are working to ensure that parts of the county most in need are included in the latest draft of the Government’s Assisted Areas map.

“These latest JSA figures for Devon, which are unwelcome but not unexpected, help to support that work.

“This work will enable manufacturing businesses to access more generous levels of government funding to drive innovation and employment growth.”

The latest figures also show claimants aged 24 and under have also increased slightly since December by 70 people.

Cllr Leadbetter added: “Addressing youth unemployment in our county remains a key priority for the council, and these figures clearly demonstrate the need for events like our apprenticeships themed ‘business breakfast’ for employers, and information fair for young people next month, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

“The work we are doing around training and skills for Devon’s young people will help to ensure Devon’s young people are able to find employment.”


Other News Stories

Fire fighters are currently at the scene of a large barn blaze in Combe Martin.

Read more
You can lead a horse to water.... Jessie the horse is pictured in the bar at The Poltimore Inn, North Molton, with landlord Alan Boddington. Picture: Submitted

No long faces as horse walks into North Molton’s Poltimore Inn for breakfast

Read more

Tell us your favourite thing about North Devon by tweeting us using #WeAreNorthDevon.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:36

Police investigate after man found dead at bottom of steep flight of steps onto beach near Ilfracombe.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:31
Captained by OC 22 Sqn Wg Cdr 'Sparky' Dunlop the crew landed safely after their training flight. Today marked the end of operational SAR coverage for the RAF in the UK. Image taken by Corporal Peter Devine,RAF Photographer from SAR Force HQ.

Brand new search and rescue base at St Athan means Chivenor’s 22 Squadron will no longer carry out rescues in North Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

North Devon Council will be among those encouraging youngsters to take an interest in politics

Read more
Yesterday, 09:51
Sue Ashmole and Phil Alexander with alpaca and residents at Herons Lea.

Residents of Herons Lea enjoy the attentions of some cute long-necked visitors

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Coroner believes Edward Ireland may have had family in Devon.

Read more
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fire fighters called out to North Street in Northam last night (Friday).

Read more
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Screwfix Barnstaple store manager Steve Henderson and Rebecca Harris of Freedom Community Alliance.

Screwfix Foundation awards grant to Freedom Community Alliance

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications