Unemployment levels in North Devon have dropped compared to this time last year. The latest figures released today (Wednesday) show a four per cent drop in youth unemployment and a 17 per cent drop in unemployment in over 25s. The total claimaints amounted to 745 - an increase in 105 on last months figures. Judith Hill, work coach at Exeter Job Centre, said with the summer season approaching, unemployment levels are expected to drop over the coming months. This slight increase is very much in line with the national figures, she said. The South West does have the highest employment rate for women in the country which is great. Ms Hill said a push on apprenticeships and extra support for young people was behind the drop in unemployment in 18-24-year-olds. She said: Petroc has expanded is personal mentoring project with young people. It offers one-to-one support with young people that have particular barriers. They also support them once they are in work for the first six months.