A survey into the training and skill level of the Devon workforce to map shortages and skills gaps experienced by business with the findings for use in further plans.
Unemployment in Devon is below national and regional levels at 1.9%. Employment in Devon is correspondingly higher than the national average, currently 78% compared to 74% nationally. 80% of the working age population in Devon is economically active compared to 78% nationally. The Claimant Count of all those claiming out of work benefits stands at 0.9% in Devon, 1% less than the national average.
At a district level West Devon and the South Hams have the lowest claimant count at 0.8%, with North Devon and Torridge at 1.1% and 1.2% respectively. Exeter has the highest number of claimants at around 800 and West Devon the least at less than 250. The largest employer in Devon is the retail industry with 59,000 employees, followed by health with 48,000, and accommodation & food with 32,000. 15% of the labour force is self-employed, compared to 11% nationally.