Unemployment figures in North Devon and Torridge have fallen at a faster rate than the national average over the last 12 months. The latest figures show 11 per cent more people were employed in Torridge in December 2014 than last month, and four per cent more in North Devon. The UK has its highest ever employment rate of 74 per cent with a record 31.4 million people in work The amount of people seeking Job Seekers Allowance for more than 12 months has dropped by half, according to the latest statistics. People claiming benefits in North Devon for more than 12 months have dropped by 50 per cent since last December, and 39 per cent in Torridge. Youth unemployment has also taken a dive in the last year with 28 per cent more 18-25 year-olds employed in North Devon and 26 per cent in Torridge than a year ago. But labour market spokesperson Carly Richard said it was likely due to the seasonal nature of work over December, figures could increase for January. Check out the infographic above for more statistics from Decembers figures.