Honiton Jobseekers' Allowance claims up

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 October 2015

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter. Ref ext 7851-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter. Ref ext 7851-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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New figures for those claiming Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) show a rise of eight from the end of June to the end of August.

Dole claimants in Honiton have risen for the second summer month in a row, a time when casual tourism-based jobs are supposed more common.

New figures for those claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) show a rise of eight from the end of June to the end of August.

At a district level, East Devon saw the largest increase out of Devon’s eight districts with 13 claimants over the last month.

JSA figures between June and July rose from 74 to 82 in the EX14 postcodes for Honiton.

This means that eight more people in Honiton are claiming JSA than they were before the peak summer season began at the beginning of June - and most claimants are under the age of 24.

Although the increase seems relatively small, it is of concern because, by contrast, East Devon’s other towns are doing better.

In the past month, JSA claimants have fallen in Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth.

Exmouth on the other hand has seen a rise of 22 claimants in two months; Axminster has seen a slight rise, and Seaton has seen six more claims in the last month.

Devon County Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, cabinet member for economy said: “We continue to invest in schemes seeking to reduce unemployment throughout Devon and provide greater opportunity for our youth, working closely with our partners to drive forward new funding programmes to improve employability, apprenticeships and skills.”

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