Another drop in num­ber of un­em­ployed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

The num­ber of peo­ple on the dole in Kent has fallen again, pro­vid­ing fur­ther ev­i­dence that the econ­omy in the re­gion is slowly strength­en­ing.

The num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing job­seek­ers al­lowance in Kent in De­cem­ber stood at 21,923 com­pared to 22,058 the pre­vi­ous month – a fall of 135.

The year-on-year fig­ure shows that over the last 12 months, the Kent fig­ure fell by about 5,000. But the monthly fig­ures show a mixed pic­ture across the county.

Many parts of Kent recorded de­creases for the 10th suc­ces­sive month but some of the falls were mod­est.

In Thanet, seen as the county’s eco­nomic blackspot, the num­ber of peo­ple on job­seek­ers al­lowance in De­cem­ber was 4,177 com­pared 4,181 in Novem­ber.

Ash­ford saw the fig­ure fall by 25 from 1,519 in Novem­ber to 1,494 in De­cem­ber.

Shep­way recorded a small in­crease, with 2,127 claimants for job­seek­ers al­lowance com­pared to 2,118 in Novem­ber.

More peo­ple have found jobs

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