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Unemployment levels dip in Dartford and Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:59 19 February 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Industrial cranes on a construction site stand in the background beyond a sign outside a branch of the Job Centre Plus on February 11, 2009 in London, England. Official Government figures released today show that UK unemployment rose to 1.97 million in December 2008, the highest total since 1997.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Industrial cranes on a construction site stand in the background beyond a sign outside a branch of the Job Centre Plus on February 11, 2009 in London, England. Official Government figures released today show that UK unemployment rose to 1.97 million in December 2008, the highest total since 1997. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Areas follow the national trend

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released figures showing that unemployment is down 40 percent in Dartford and 30 percent in Gravesend.

In Gravesham, there were 1525 people claiming benefits in January 2015, down from 2170 the year before.

In Dartford, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell from 1805 in January 2014 to 1130 in January 2015, and in Gravesham, 1525 people claimed for the same period this year, compared to 2170 the year before.

These figures reflect a national trend, which shows unemloyment has fallen to 5.7 percent, its lowest point in six years, meaning 30.9 million or 73.2 percent of people are in work.

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