Dole falls but at slower rate
Shepway was the only region in Kent to see a rise in numbers joining dole queues, as the figure dropped across the county for the fifth consecutive month.
Another 34 people joined the line for Jobseeker’s Allowance in the district, bringing the total to 1,691.
Dole queues shrank once again across Kent but at a slower rate after falls of more than 1,000 for four months.
There were 743 fewer people on Jobseeker’s Allowance in July, a total of 22,151, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The biggest fall was in Medway, which also has the highest total, down 130 to 4,501.
After swathes of three-figure drops in June, the only other in July was recorded in Thanet, down 124 to 3,467.
However, large falls were also seen in Swale, down 94 to 2,067, Gravesham, down 73 to 1,568, Ashford, down 63 to 1,177 and Maidstone, down 60 to 1,404.
The unemployment rate in the South East for the three months to June was the lowest in the country, with 26,000 fewer unemployed, bringing the total to 201,000.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 132,000 to 2.08m.
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