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Unemployment rises in Exeter and Devon

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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The number of people out of work in Exeter and across Devon increased last month, bucking the national trend.

A total of 1,470 people in Exeter were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in January, a rise of 81 on December. Devon’s total was up 393 to 7,060.

East Devon also saw its claimant count increase from 890 in December to 954 last month.

The number of people claiming JSA in Mid Devon was up by 24 to 652, while the total in Teignbridge rose by 67 to 1,169. All other districts in the county also saw an increase.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly recorded an increase in their claimant count of 415 people to 7,540.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Torbay jumped by 205 to 2,835. Plymouth saw the rate up by 285 to 4,600 people.

On the wider measure of unemployment, the number of people out of work in the South West is up by 3,000, official figures reveal.

Office for National Statistics data showed in the wider South West the figure between October and December was up to 177,000.

Statisticians point out regional figures tend to fluctuate each month. But it is the second month in a row the region’s quarterly figure has headed upwards, and the South West was the only English region to record a rise.

However, the number of people in employment in the South West was up by 3,000 to 2.559 million on the quarter - suggesting there are more people in the jobs market.

The unemployment rate in the South West is still low at 6.5%. The national average is 7.2% and the North East’s rate is 10%.

The UK’s jobless total fell by 125,000 to 2.34 million in the three months to December.

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