Unemployment has dropped again in North Devon and Torridge meaning the number of people in employment is at its highest for five years.
The Office of National Statistics has released the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in August which reveals 908 are claiming in Torridge and 841 are claiming in North Devon.
The figures mean there are 113 fewer claimants in North Devon compared to July and 24 less in Torridge.
The last time the claimant figures were this low was in September 2008.
Executive member for economic regeneration at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse, said: "Once again, this is really good news for North Devon. Obviously, a drop in claimants is expected over the summer months, as a lot of work here is seasonal.
“However, the fact that the figures are lower than this time last year is a really promising sign and indicates that our local economy is picking up, year on year."
To keep employment rising North Devon Council is working on initiatives to increase the footfall into Barnstaple town centre.
It is also working with some of North Devon's biggest employers to help ensure the future workforce has the skills that companies want and need.
Councillor Philip Collins, the leader of Torridge District Council, said: "That the figures are moving in the right direction is of course encouraging to see, but there is still much to be done.
"We need to keep going and work towards a higher paid economy as well as more employment.
"All our grant funding is slowly being hacked away by the government, but councils can help stimulate the local economy by some of the decisions we make – with planning for example – to facilitate development and investment."