The jobs boom in Exeter is set to continue with figures showing people claiming out of work benefits continues to fall.
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There were 790 people on Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit in the Exeter area in December, down 2% on last year.
And there are now more jobs available with long awaited retailer Ikea currently looking for 200 workers.
Jerry Rice from the DWP based in Honiton said: “There is not just one sector leading the way in Exeter. There is a buoyant market across the board which is good news for the city.”
Overall, the South West is showing steady growth, with the unemployment rate staying low (3.7%) and the total in employment rising by 26,000 on the quarter to a new record high of 2.76million.
The picture is also fairly steady across Devon.
There have been falls in jobseeker and universal credit claimants in Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, East Devon and Newton Abbot.
But the claimant count has gone up in Torbay where 1, 300 are claiming, up 6% on last year. In Totnes, there is a 17% rise to 550, in Central Devon, it is up 10% to 430. North Devon has seen a rise of 11% to 585, South West Devon up by 1% to 390 and Plymouth Moor View at 1,060 up 3%.
The biggest increase is in Taunton Deane which has seen a 73% rise in claimants.
But that is likely to be down to the fact that Universal credit has been fully rolled out in the area. Universal Credit can also be claimed by those working but on a low income and previously would not have contributed to the jobless figures.
Across the UK, figures show that the employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.3%, with a record 32.2 million people in work.
This is a rise of 415,000 compared to last year’s figures.
The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975.
Source: Devon live