Devon Claimants Down In March

14th April, 2011
The number of people in Devon claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has fallen for the first time in six months.

The claimant count across the county has fallen from 10,159 in February to 9,988 people in March, a 2% decrease month on month, following the national trend.

Councillor William Mumford, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: ?Devon?s claimant count has declined faster than the national rate of 1% which is encouraging, but it is too early to tell whether this is an indication of the level of businesses confidence and the ability of firms to recruit.

?The fine weather we have had has been encouraging for local tourism businesses. We anticipate that this will lead to employer confidence and a higher level of recruitment across the industry.?

Seasonal employment was expected to increase in preparation for the Easter break. The same trend was seen last year, however between February and March 2010 claimant count fell at a faster rate of 4% (from 10,766 to 10,328 claimants).

The working age population in receipt of JSA remains the same at 2.2%.