Fewer are un­em­ployed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Dole queues shrank last month buck­ing the na­tional trend.

There were 154 fewer peo­ple across the county on un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits in Au­gust, com­pared to the month be­fore, bring­ing the county’s to­tal to 16,516.

The county’s best per­form­ers were Swale, down 54 to 1,605, Dart­ford, down 40 to 758, Shep­way, down 39 to 1,115 and Thanet, down 37 to 2,230.

Yet these suc­cesses, which are much less dras­tic than re­cent months, are set against rises in Grave­sham, up 36 to 1,261, Ash­ford, up 20 to 928, and a plateau­ing in many other ar­eas.

Mean­while mar­ginal declines were recorded in Med­way, down 19 to 3,709, Can­ter­bury, down eight to 939, Ton­bridge and Malling, down seven to 706 and Sevenoaks, down five to 531.

In the South East, un­em­ploy­ment grew by 18,000 to 206,000 be­tween May and July, an in­crease of 9.5%, although it is down marginally 0.1% on last year.

It put the re­gion’s un­em­ploy­ment rate at 4.5%, be­low the na­tional rate of 5.5%.

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