Unemployment benefit figures in Exeter fall
The number of people in Exeter claiming unemployment benefit has continued to fall, official figures showed.
Last month 2,010 people in the city were receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), down 80 on the previous month and 195 fewer than the same time a year ago.
At 2.4 per cent of the working age population, Exeter’s claimant rate is lower than the 3.6 per cent recorded in Plymouth and 4.3 per cent in Torbay.
Across Devon, 9,010 people were claiming JSA in September – down 263 on August and 546 fewer than a year ago.
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Nationally, the number of people in work reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever.
Employment grew in the quarter to August by 212,000 to 29.59 million, the highest since records began in 1971. Unemployment fell by 50,000 in the same period to 2.53 million, the lowest since the spring, giving a jobless rate of 7.9 per cent.
The numbers claiming JSA fell by 4,000 in September to 1.57 million, the third consecutive monthly fall and the lowest total since July 2011.
The Office for National Statistics also reported that part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.
The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.