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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 - May 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the second consecutive month. In April there were 10,158 people claiming JSA which represents 2.2% 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 2.4%. Between March and April the number of people claiming JSA fell by 7.7% (851claimants). This direction of travel follows the UK trend however Devon’s fall in unemployment has occurred at over double the rate of the national average.

Job Seekers Allowance Analysis - April 2012

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon has fallen for the first time since
October last year. In March there were 11,009 people claiming JSA which represents 2.4% 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 increased to 2.5%, a return to the level seen in the height of the 2008/09 recession. This month the number of people claiming JSA has fallen by 2.7% (306 claimants) compared to last month. This direction of travel follows the UK trend albeit Devon’s fall in unemployment has occurred at a faster rate than the 1.1% decrease seen nationally.