Sub-section 2: Unemployment Edit

Q 6. How do local unemployment rates for

male unemployment

female unemployment

youth unemployment

Compare with regional and national averages?

(Worksheets S1 Q3; T2 Q2; T3 Q18,19 also refer to children & young people)

[Frame12] Unemployment rates in the MAP area are low compared with both District and UK levels for men and women. However proportionally more JSA claimants are young people.

Q 7. What sectors of the unemployed population are proportionally higher by age/gender than the regional and national averages?

Unemployment rates are proportionally higher in East Malling, mainly accounted for by slightly higher male unemployment, featuring longer term unemployed.

Q 8. Has unemployment fallen or risen in the last 5 years, compared to the national average?

Unemployment is lower than the national average: In the MAP area unemployment has dropped from 1% to 0.86% from January 2007 to January 2008. The District level has dropped from 1.2% to 0.9% and the UK level from 2.6% to 2.2%.

Q 9. Are there any specific trends in unemployment in the local area, for example in a particular industry?

There are no specific trends in unemployment – as large forms move onto the Kings Hill Development there are trends for increasing employment in a range of sectors.

Q 10. What proportion of those who are unemployed have been out of work for:

over 6 months

one year

[Frame13] Of all JSA claimants, proportionally more are short term unemployed than average for the UK as a whole.