Fewer peo­ple out of work

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

There has been a fall in the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits in Kent, in­di­cat­ing em­ploy­ers were still ac­tive in the run-up to to­day’s (Thursday) EU ref­er­en­dum.

Dole queues shrank by 365 to 17,880 across the county in May, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics. Med­way saw its claimant count fall 155 to 3,450, its largest fall since Novem­ber.

The sec­ond largest fall was in Grave­sham, where 70 fewer peo­ple were on ei­ther job­seeker’s al­lowance or univer­sal credit, bring­ing its to­tal to 1,305. Thanet was down 50 to 2,680, Dover down 40 to 1,305, Swale down 40 to 1,825 and Ash­ford down 25 to 1,050.

There were some mar­ginal in­creases, with Shep­way up 15 to 1,365, Ton­bridge and Malling up 10 to 720, and Can­ter­bury and Dart­ford both up five to 1,220 and 745 re­spec­tively.

In the South East, un­em­ploy­ment in­creased by 2,000 to 181,000 in the three months to April, although this is down 10,000 on last year. Na­tion­ally, there were 1.67 mil­lion un­em­ployed, a fall of 20,000, putting the un­em­ploy­ment rate at 5%.

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