Fewer are unemployed
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%.