Claims were up on December’s figures but show a year-on-year drop across Devon.

The amount of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen by 12 per cent on last year across Devon.

Claims in January saw a slight increase on December 2015, with the total across Devon standing at 3.752 claimants, reflective of the area’s seasonal work trends.

Devon County Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “It is good to see the consistent trend for reductions in JSA claimants over the last few years continuing into 2016.

“The current figure 12 per cent lower than the same time last year.

“The fall in youth claimants across all Devon’s districts is especially encouraging, especially in areas such as Torridge and North Devon.

“Devon County Council continues to work closely with local businesses and educational institutions to ensure both current and future workforces are suitably skilled - pursuing schemes that aim to deliver growth and resilience for the Devon economy.”