Jobless figure fall welcomed

13:00 24 June 2014

Job Centre Plus

Job Centre Plus


The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in East Devon fell during April and May.

New figures show the claimant rate in the region fell by 8.3 per cent over the last two months to 0.9 per cent of the working population.

Devon-wide, the claimant rate stands at 1.2 per cent, compared to a national picture of 2.7 per cent.

In Sid Valley postcodes during May, there were a total of 70 people claiming JSA. Of this total, 10 are classed as long-term unemployed having claimed for 12 months or more.

During the same month in Ottery St Mary postcodes, 38 people claimed JSA, with five classed as long-term claimants.

East Devon MP Hugo Swire welcomed the latest figures, adding they were proof that the government’s economic plan was working.

He said: “We need to keep working through the plan, which is delivering growth and jobs, so that more people in East Devon who want to work hard and get on can have the security of a regular pay packet they can bring home to their families.”

Devon County Council’s economy chief Councillor Andrew Leadbetter added that although the unemployment rate is relatively low in Devon, business productivity and wages were below behind the national average in many parts of the county.

He said: “Therefore a key priority for the council is to help our businesses expand and grow, as well as bringing high value jobs to our county by securing inward investment.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:25
The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

A long-running fundraising group, which has donated more than £114,000 to charity, is to fold as it cannot find a new committee.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:25
Daffodil bulb planting at Peak Hill in 2013. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 6320-44-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

Planting this month is set to take Sidmouth past the half-way mark in turning it into the ‘Valley of a Million Bulbs’.

Read more
Wed, 16:25
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Campaigners who have decided not to pursue a bid to secure legal protection for Knowle’s parkland claim the bid has cast doubt on future use of Localism legislation in East Devon.

Read more
Wed, 12:25
The Radway cinema in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7345-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

James Bond fans need to act fast as tickets for a VIP screening of the super-spy’s latest silver screen outing have almost sold out.

Read more
Wed, 06:25
Prospective town councillors Matt Booth and Deirdre Hounsom

Residents in the West ward will go to the polls tomorrow (October 8) to fill a vacancy on Sidmouth Town Council.

Read more
Tue, 14:38
AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Read more
Tue, 12:25
Bill Beaumont presents a Legacy Gold Standard award to Lester Wilmington, chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club. Ref shs 0765-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Work at grass-roots level has scored Sidmouth Rugby Club a national gold award and recognition from one of the sport’s legends.

Read more
Tue, 12:25
Robin Waller, who has died aged 73, pictured receiving his honorary membership of Exmouth Carnival, with granddaughter Cassara.

‘Carnivalites’ from across the East Devon circuit have remembered a former Sidmouth Carnival organiser with a heart of gold, who has died at the age of 73.

Read more
Tue, 10:25
Wendy Taylor at Sidmouth Market

Business owners at Sidmouth’s well-used market building have questioned the ‘bizarre’ comments of a town councillor – who is calling for its demolition.

Read more
Tue, 10:09
Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications