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Lidl's 500 jobs help boost employment figures in Exeter

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The search for 500 staff at Lidl’s major distribution hub in Exeter is leading the jobs boom as the city enjoys high employment.
New Office of National Statistics figures reveal that unemployment continues to stay down in Exeter, with 820 people claiming benefits, down from 850 last year.

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Christmas retail and service jobs have helped to boost employment in the city.
In Mid Devon, the claimant count is at 430, compared to 455 last year.
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Torridge is at 445, compared to 485 in November 2016.
But unemployment is up in North Devon, with 520 claiming unemployment benefits compared to 500 this time last year.
But there may be good news on the horizon with a recruitment drive set to begin for 150 production workers in Hatherleigh in January.
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Overall, the South West is showing steady growth, with the unemployment rate staying low 3.7% and the total in employment rising by 30,000 on the year.
The South West figures are better than the UK average where the unemployment rate is 4.3%, down from 4.8% for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.
There were 32.08 million people in work in November, 325,000 more than this time last year.
The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32.08 million people in work. There are also a record number of vacancies, 798,000, in the economy at any one time.
Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said: “We’re ending the year on a strong note with figures showing the unemployment rate has fallen every month in 2017, and is now at the lowest it’s been in over 40 years.
“Employment is at a near-record high, and there are over 3 million more people in work now compared to 2010 – that’s more than the population of Greater Manchester
Today’s employment figures also show the number of people in employment has increased by over 3 million since 2010.
Youth unemployment has fallen by over 40% since 2010.
The proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in full time education remains below 5%.
Source: Devon live