Fall in jobless figures show 'tide is turning'
An MP has hailed the economy as "turning the tide" as unemployment in Devon and Cornwall has dropped for the seventh month in a row.
Official figures yesterday showed the number of people claiming jobless benefit in the two counties was 20,965 in September, a fall of 960 on the month.
The claimant count was 6,660 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, down 245 at a rate of 2%, and in Devon county 6,705, a reduction of 500 at 1.5%.
In Plymouth, 4,970 were claming Jobseekers' Allowance, a fall of 155 at 2.9%, and Torbay's figure was 2,625, down 65 at a rate of 3%.
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But the wider measure of unemployment in the greater South West increased by 16,000, bringing total unemployment in the area up to 172,000 between June and August.
Stephen Gilbert, Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: "There have been very difficult decisions along the way but having stuck the course it looks like the tide is turning and the economic situation is improving."
The number of people in work nationwide has reached a record high of almost 30 million after a new fall in unemployment.