Kent and Medway's jobless total falls by 300
Fast food chain McDonald’s is creating 65 jobs in the county on
the day unemployment in Kent and Medway fell by more than 300.
Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics
showed that 34.402 people in Kent and Medway were claiming job
seekers allowance last month.
Medway’s claimant count fell by 153 to 6,655 (3.8% of the
workforce), while the total for the rest of Kent fell 171 to 27,747
Nationally, there were 2.49 million unemployed people (7.7%) in
the three months to November, down 37,000 on the previous quarter
and 185,000 lower than a year earlier.
The national monthly claimant count fell by 12,100 to 1.56
There was a mixed picture across the county, with falls in eight
of the 12 districts and rises in four.
The biggest losers were in East Kent, with Dover seeing a rise
of 121 and Shepway up 70.
The main winners were Maidstone (down 125), Tonbridge and
Malling (down 80) and Ashford (down 57).
Meanwhile, McDonald’s UK confirmed it was creating 65 new jobs
in Kent this year as part of a nationwide plan to add 2,500 to the
payroll. It currently employs 91,000 staff.
Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed the news. He said: “A
highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing
business. That’s why I am pleased to see how McDonald’s is
providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.
“McDonald’s is to be applauded for helping adult employees get
qualifications in maths and English.
"Poor literacy and numeracy skills can hold people back in the
workplace, which is why the Government has doubled the funding for
these core subjects.”
New employees in Kent will also have the chance to gain
nationally recognised qualifications while working at McDonald’s,
improve their skills and progress further in their careers.
The figures in detail
Kent and Medway, 34.402 (down 324); Medway, 6,655 (down 153);
Rest of Kent, 27,747 (down 171).
Ashford, 1,901 (down 57); Canterbury, 2,271 (up 41); Dartford,
1,706 (down 25); Dover, 2,625 (up 121); Gravesham, 2,429 (down 33);
Maidstone, 2.347 (down 125); Sevenoaks, 1,180 (down 13); Shepway,
2,730 (up 70); Swale, 3,355 (up seven); Thanet, 4.815 (down 20);
Tonbridge and Malling, 1,434 (down 80); Tunbridge Wells, 954 (down
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