Dole queue rises in Devon - down in Cornwall
The jobs market worsened in the Westcountry last month.
Some 30,200 adults in Devon and Cornwall last month claimed unemployment benefit, 140 more than in January.
Nationally, unemployment has increased for the first time in a year, delivering a pre-Budget blow to the Government.
The dole queue in Plymouth hit 6,260, up 140 on the month.
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In the Devon county area, 9,820 adults claimed Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA), up only modestly by 25.
Torbay's claimant count rose to 3,670, up 95.
But Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly bucked the trend. Some 10,450 people claimed JSA, 120 less than the previous month.
The wider rate of unemployment – as opposed to just those claiming JSA – is not broken down to county level. But the measure for the greater South West also went up.
Between November and January, 1,000 more people were out of work in the wider region, meaning 156,000 people were unemployed. But the figure is 13,000 lower than a year ago.
Nationally, the jobless total jumped by 7,000 to 2.52 million, ending a run of reductions, with all the increase caused by more 18 to 24-year-olds becoming unemployed.
But the South West unemployment rate is 5.8% – still the lowest in the UK.