Un­em­ploy­ment rises as fes­tive jobs dry up

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Dole queues gained an­other 1,110 peo­ple across Kent last month as tem­po­rary work came to an end af­ter the Christ­mas pe­riod.

There were 17,880 claimants on uni­ver­sal credit or job­seeker’s al­lowance in Jan­uary ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics. The in­crease is the largest in three year.

How­ever, un­em­ploy­ment across the South East fell by 1,000 to 179,000 from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber – 33,000 less than a year ago. The re­gion’s un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mained flat at 3.9%.

For the first time since Jan­uary last year, ev­ery district in Kent recorded an in­crease in those re­ceiv­ing hand­outs. Ash­ford’s fig­ure went up 70 to 1,055, and in Shep­way the fig­ure rose by 85 to 1,370. The small­est in­crease was in Sevenoaks, up 30 to 545.

Na­tion­ally, there were 1.69 mil­lion un­em­ployed peo­ple from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber, 60,000 fewer than for July to Septem­ber 2015 and 172,000 fewer than for a year ear­lier. The un­em­ploy­ment rate for Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 2015 was 5.1%.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.