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Dartford unemployment falls

PUBLISHED: 15:14 31 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:59 31 October 2012

Unemployment in Dartford is falling more than anywhere else in Kent, new figures show.

The borough had a fall of 331 Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimants over the last 12 months to 1790, while claimants aged 18 to 24 reduced by 18 per cent.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson commented: “These figures are very welcome and demonstrate that confidence in Dartford is increasing.

“With the proposed expansion of Bluewater, new houses being built in the Eastern Quarry and the recent proposal to build a Theme Park in Swanscombe, there is clear evidence of opportunities in Dartford for people seeking employment.

“I can only hope that these encouraging figures continue to help Dartford out of what has been a long and painful recession.”

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