04 SEP 2017

Unemployment in Dover and Deal keeps falling

The unemployment claimant count in Dover district has fallen – while average earnings are up.

Official figures published last week show there are now less than a thousand (869) Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in the district, or 1.3 per cent of the population. The number is down 65 per cent since 2010, when there were 2,527 claimants.

Meanwhile, youth unemployment in the Dover and Deal constituency is down 53 per cent since 2010, from 660 claimants to 310.

And the latest annual pay survey has found that average annual earnings in Dover and Deal jumped by 10.1 per cent in a year.

We have some incredibly hardworking people here in Dover and Deal and these figures show the hard work is paying off.

There has been more than £400 million of investment in the area since 2010. In Dover the cinema and shopping complex is taking shape and a major port regeneration scheme is on the way. Deal continues to go from strength or strength. It was recently voted one of the best coastal towns in Britain.

This all shows that our plan to bring more jobs and money to our corner of Kent is working. Now we must keep pressing ahead – and build a brighter future for Dover and Deal.


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