Slight fall in number of people on the dole in Exeter and East Devon
Exeter's jobless total fell slightly last month, official figures show.
The number of people on the dole in the city dropped from 1,955 in November to 1,871 in December.
Surrounding districts also saw slight falls.
In East Devon, the Jobseekers' Allowance claimant count went from 1,227 to 1,187 in December, and in Teignbridge from 1,517 to 1,506.
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In Mid Devon the number of people on the benefit was largely unchanged at 887, compared to 890 in November.
Unemployment across the South West fell by 10,000 to 147,000 in the quarter to November. It gives a jobless rate of 5.5 per cent – still the lowest in the UK.
Nationally, a record number of people are in work after another fall in unemployment and a further dip in the numbers claiming Jobseekers' Allowance.
Almost 30 million adults were in a job in the quarter to last November, up by more than half a million on the previous year. The figure, giving an employment rate of 71 per cent, is the highest since records began in 1971.
Unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter to just under 2.5 million, the lowest since spring 2011.
It was the 10th consecutive fall and was coupled with another cut in the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance, which was down by 12,100 last month to 1.56 million, the lowest since June 2011.