16 SEP 2017

Dover and Deal are surging ahead in Kent

Official figures show Dover and Deal's economy is surging ahead of the rest of Kent.

The unemployment claimant count has reduced by more in the last year (by 228) than in any of the county's 12 districts.

Meanwhile the district now has the second lowest number of workless households (3,000) and the fourth highest number of full working households (23,000). It also had the second biggest rise in average annual earnings in Kent in a year, behind only Ashford.

This is all good news for the area. Back in 2010 Dover was near the bottom of the table when it came to jobs and money. Unemployment had risen for years under Labour, job prospects were limited and investment had dried up.

Since then £500 million has been secured for the area. Burlington House is down and the new hospital is up. Houses are being built at double the rate of the national average. A shopping centre and major seafront regeneration are on the way.

Deal continues to go from strength or strength and was recently voted one of the best coastal towns in Britain. We really are on the road to a brighter future for our area. Yet we must keep fighting for more jobs and money in Dover and Deal.

Official figures show there are now less than a thousand (869) Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants in Dover district, or 1.3% of the population.

The number is 228 less than a year ago and 65% down since 2010, when there were 2,527 claimants. Youth unemployment in the constituency is down 53% since 2010, from 660 claimants to 310.

And the latest annual pay survey found average annual earnings in Dover and Deal jumped by 10.1% in a year. 

Let's keep going. 

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