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Kent unemployment figures see number of claims drop by 525

By Chris Britcher

Unemployment figures across the county fell for the first time in seven months in May.

In April, the total number of people on either jobseeker's allowance or universal credit stood at 22,450, according to the Office for National Statistics.

But last month that dipped down to 21,925.

Across Kent, the number of those claiming unemployment benefits dipped by more than two per cent
Across Kent, the number of those claiming unemployment benefits dipped by more than two per cent

That equates to a 2.3% drop and some 525 less claimants.

The biggest falls were in Dover, which saw 170 less claims in May, and Thanet which saw a dip of 155.

The only areas which saw an increase were Gravesham, up five, and Medway, up 20.

Nationally, the employment rate remains at 4.2% - its lowest level in 43 years.

The number of people on unemployment benefits in Kent has fallen
The number of people on unemployment benefits in Kent has fallen

Unemployment across the nation fell by 38,000 to 1.42 million.

However, wage growth dipped from 2.9% to 2.8%, surprising many observers.

It acts as a key guide to the health of the economy.

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