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Unemployment levels fall in Dartford

PUBLISHED: 14:55 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:55 28 June 2013

Unemployment levels in Dartford are at their lowest level since May 2010.

The figures for June show there were 1,742 Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimants in the borough, almost 20 per cent lower than its May 2010 level of 2,121 claimants.

Youth unemployment has also taken a drop over the same period, with the numbers of 18-24 year old JSA claimants reducing by almost 25 per cent (down from 610 to 460) between May 2010 and June 2013.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “These numbers show that, whilst times have undoubtedly been tough over the last few years, things are getting better for Dartford.

“A drop of almost 20 per cent in local unemployment is a welcome improvement in just three years, with levels far below the UK average.

“Business confidence has increased in the local area and this has helped give employers the confidence to take on more staff.

“There were almost 200 extra businesses set up in Dartford over the last year which is also very encouraging news. In addition, the upcoming Bluewater expansion, Ebbsfleet construction project, and proposed Paramount Theme Park are further signs of a brighter economic future for Dartford.”

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