Another drop in number of unemployed
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