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Kent unemployment hits lowest level in 11 years

The number of unemployed people in Kent decreased by 525 to 17,355 in June, as well as falling across the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The statistics are from before the European referendum in late June; however they indicate that despite the uncertainty about the Brexit vote, the economy of the county was relatively buoyant.

Medway had the largest drop in the amount of people on jobseekers’ allowance or universal credit falling by 135 to 3,315. Gravesham and Maidstone had the second largest fall in numbers, where their totals decreased by 80 – Gravesham’s to 1,255 and Maidstone’s to 1,125. Shepway saw a fall of 75, Thanet a drop of 35 to 2,645, and Ashford had a small drop of 30 to 1,020.

To the west of the county, Tunbridge Wells has the lowest jobless total with 495 recorded as claiming benefit. That was followed by Tonbridge and Malling, where the jobless total was 700.

The Office of National Statistics also reported that the UK unemployment total fell to 1.65 million in the March-to-May period, meaning the rate has fallen to 4.9%, the lowest since July 2005.

The statistics show that there were 23.19 million people working full-time across the country, 401,000 more than a year earlier.

 

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