More than one thousand people in Kent have managed to get of Job Seekers Allowance and find work for the third month running. May’s figures show that there was another huge plummet in the amount of people securing employment or training to leave welfare. The total figure dropped below 25,000 as a result – the first time it has been that low since the start of the financial recession in November 2008. The Office For National Statistics confirms that the total fall this month was 1137 bringing the overall figure to 24,774.
Every county in Kent saw a drop in the number of job seekers. The Medway area of Kent, which has been performing the worst in terms of the amount of people out of work, still had the highest number of Job Seekers Allowance claimants, but the figure went down by 102 in May taking it before the 5000 mark and landing at 4978. Even Thanet, despite the closure of the airport leaving 140 people without a job, dropped to 3775 claimants with a fall of 174.
The figures are estimated to be a result of the demand for part time summer work. However, the Dover MP Charlie Elphick is hoping that this is, in fact, a sign that the government’s plan is working. He said:[quote]This is really encouraging because it shows our long-term plan is working. We need to ensure it is a sustainable recovery for everyone. The claimant count in Dover and Deal is now 10% lower than it was at the time of the general election and youth unemployment is 22% lower.[/quote]
The figures also took a slight drop on a national level. There were 161,000 people across the United Kingdom who were able to find work over the last month. However, the overall number still stands at a staggering 2.16 million demonstrating that close to 7% of the United Kingdom are out of work.
The senior manager at Maidstone’s Job Centre in Kent said:[quote]Employers are more confident that they can take the right people on and that we are getting people ready for them. The economy is picking up as well and they are saying they are getting more work through.[/quote]
Job Seeker’s Allowance is afforded to people in the United Kingdom who are out of work and actively looking for employment. It requires claimants to ‘sign on’ at their local Job Centre on a regular basis and demonstrate the ways in which you have been seeking work e.g. applications, networking, etc.