Dole falls but at slower rate

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos

Mar­gate Job Cen­tre

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