Devon

Devon jobless figure rises by 500

The number of people unemployed and claiming benefits in Devon has increased by more than 500 in a month, according to government figures.

The Office of National Statistics said that 22,364 people were registered in February.

The number is an increase of 521 on January's figure of 21,843.

The statistics include 11,315 people in the Devon county area, plus 7,050 in the Plymouth unitary authority area, and 3,999 in the Torbay unitary area.

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