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Unemployment falls in Devon and Cornwall despite seasonal jobs slump

By GDemianyk  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “There’s more work to do, and we are not complacent, but these are all very positive signs.”

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Unemployment in the Westcountry continues to fall, and even appears to have avoided the post summer season jobs slump, official figures have revealed.

Some 20,490 people of working age were claiming jobless benefits in Devon and Cornwall in October, a drop of 475 on the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Typically, the so-called claimant count jumps in autumn as seasonal jobs in tourism and farming disappear. However, the region has now recorded an eighth straight month of falling joblessness.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly recorded a drop in the claimant count of 40 people to 6,620, and in Devon county the fall was 205 to 6,500.

Plymouth's rate was lower by 160 to 4,810 people and the number of people claiming JSA in Torbay fell by 70 to 2,555.

But the wider measure of unemployment in the greater South West – which takes into account everyone out-of-work, not just those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance –  increased by 11,000 in the three months to September.

The ONS showed that a total of 173,000 people were unemployed in the region between July and September. The region's unemployment rate was 6.4% and saw a rise of 6.8% during the period.

The number of people in work nationwide has reached an all-time high of almost 30 million, but a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs, the figures show.

The national employment total is the highest since records began in 1971 after a huge increase of 177,000 between the three months to June and the quarter to September.

At the same time, unemployment fell by 48,000 to 2.47 million, the lowest since the spring of 2011, while the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance was cut for the 12th month in a row in October, down by 41,700 to 1.31 million, the lowest for almost five years.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "This Government is delivering on its promise to rebalance the economy, promote private sector job creation, and support people to get off benefits and into work.  "Today's figures show that the number of people in work has risen by 18,000 in the South West over the last three months. "At the same time, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by 2,000 in the South West over the last month. "There's more work to do, and we are not complacent, but these are all very positive signs."

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  • Alan-ENGLAND  |  November 15 2013, 12:32AM

    It is reported that unemployment has reduced ie merely the number of those signing on to receive JSA is less, but has under-employment fallen? You know, the number of workers employed for fewer hours than they wish, who are able to do that only by reason of benefits they are able to claim to top-up their income in order to get by. This amounts to a massive subsidy of the private sector by the State, and perhaps THIS is what Mrs Thatcher had (or should have had) in mind when she referred to the 'nanny state'?

  • conundrum  |  November 13 2013, 8:30PM

    Headline: 'Unemployment falls in Devon and Cornwall despite seasonal jobs slump......' But, as has already been pointed out...read on, and .....Errr...Unemployment hasn't actually fallen. The Conservative Party have just deleted every policy statement and pre-electoral promise made before May 2010 from their website and as much of the internet as they can manage. Presumably they're hoping everyone has short term-memory failure, but the WMN goes even further: either it seems to believe its readers will forget the headline by the time they've read a few lines or better still, no one will actually bother to read past it. Oooh! Unemployment's fallen.....everything must be ok then......must remember to vote Conservative.

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  • BrixhamDes  |  November 13 2013, 1:53PM

    I agree with toffer 99. When you are given a Statement which contains a "but" in it, then you know what follows is closer to the real truth. I would like to know the exact number of people who have to claim Benefits of ANY kind ie. Child Care,Tax Credit, Housing/Council Tax Benefit etc,etc. There are people out there who earn the "Minimum Wage" who are claiming more in these Benefits per week than people receiving Job Seekers Allowance.

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  • toffer99  |  November 13 2013, 1:12PM

    This government is so good at plain old lying. So this isn't true, the ONS say, when actual unemployed are counted. Start reading at "But the wider measure of unemployment in..." for the truth. In addition a record 1.46 million are working part-time because they can't find full-time jobs. See http://tinyurl.com/qg3gx34

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