THERE are small signs showing a slight improvement in the economy according to the latest statistics, according to Devon County Council. The number of people out of work and claiming job seekers' allowance in Devon levelled off last month, which means t

THERE are small signs showing a slight improvement in the economy according to the latest statistics, according to Devon County Council. The number of people out of work and claiming job seekers' allowance in Devon levelled off last month, which means there was no change in unemployment between February and March this year. This is the first month since March last year when this has been the case.Unemployment in Devon held steady at 2.6 per cent or around 11,400 people out of work for the previous two months. Director of Planning, Infrastructure and Economy at Devon County Council Graeme Bell said: "One swallow does not make a summer, but the evidence points to a slowing of the recession in Devon and this is welcome news."Meanwhile, we will continue to work hard to help all communities in Devon through these difficult times and to plan for future prosperity when the up-turn comes.""We'll continue to look closely at the situation here in Devon and support our local economy as best as we can.