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We are all in this together

We are all in this together – or are we?  The traditional economist view is, of course, yes: we are all part of one big economy, we all have a role to play and the actions of one economic agent will impact on another.  I recall my very first...

All Aboard..

With this months figures showing the employment train is leaving ‘Recession Station’ the immediate question has to be where is it going?  Nationally the rate of unemployment has fallen and the number in employment has risen.  For Devon the number of...

Chief Economist’s Blog – How strong is Devon’s economy?

This really depends on how you define strong.  There are a number of indicators where Devon performs well and a number of others where the county performs less well. Unemployment for example is and has been for some time, lower than the national...

Welcome to the new Devon County Council Economy Blog

This blog will be keeping you regularly updated with key information that has an effect on the Devon economy. Rob Hetherington, Devon County Council’s Chief Economist will be sharing his views on the economy.

Briefings

Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - July 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the fourth consecutive month and the claimant count is now the lowest it has been since last August. The latest fall in the number of people claiming JSA was to be expected and reflects the usual trend seen at this time of year which is related to the seasonal nature of Devon’s economy.
In June there were 9,327 people claiming JSA which represents 2% of the working age population. This has fallen from last month when the rate of the working age population (16-64) claiming this out of work benefit stood at 2.1%. Between May and June the number of people claiming JSA fell by 4.5% (440 claimants). This follows the trend across the UK however Devon’s fall in unemployment has occurred at over double the rate of the national average.

 

Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - June 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the third consecutive month and the claimant count is the lowest it has been since last November. The latest fall in the number of people claiming JSA was expected and reflects the usual trend seen at this time of year linked to the seasonal nature of Devon’s economy.
In May there were 9,767 people claiming JSA which represents 2.1% of the working age population. This has fallen from last month where the rate of the working age population (16-64) claiming this out of work benefit stood at 2.2%.