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North Devon and Torridge have largest fall in Jobseekers claimants

PUBLISHED: 09:30 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:31 17 April 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.

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The two areas recorded the largest drop in claimants as JSA figures reach a five-year low across Devon.

NORTH Devon and Torridge have registered the largest decrease in people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Devon during the last month.

Between February and March, North Devon had an 11 per cent drop in claimants and Torridge had a 10.3 per cent drop.

This was compared to an eight per cent drop across the whole county with 568 fewer people claiming Jobseekers.

The figures show there are now 3,108 people across Devon claiming JSA, which is a drop of 31.4 per cent on last year’s figures – the lowest level in five years.

However despite having the largest drop in claimants, youth unemployment remains at its highest in North Devon.

Claimants under the age of 24 make up 30 per cent of JSA cases in North Devon, though the region did see an 18 per cent decrease in its figures in the last month.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “Although youth unemployment remains a significant issue, the fall in the numbers of young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance is extremely positive, especially given that the number of JSA claimants aged 24 and under in Devon is now at its lowest level for five years.

“However, there is still more which can be done through training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities and youth unemployment will remain a key priority.

“We have seen major reductions in unemployment over the past year and it’s also particularly encouraging that the total number of people claiming JSA in Devon is at its lowest level for five years, and is still falling.

“We hope this trend will continue.”

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