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Unemployment figures at seven-year low

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Unemployment is at a seven-year low of 1.83 million, official figures showed today.

In the first quarter of this year it fell by 35,000, although this was the smallest for almost two years.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 12,600 to 763,800, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 1.9% in the year to March - 0.2% up on the previous month.

The UK now has an employment rate of 73.5%, which is one of the highest since records began in 1971.

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Threat to print mill jobs in Kent

Aylesford Newsprint is going into administration. It's been making newspaper at its one hundred-acre site for well over twenty years.

The company was bought by an American holding firm in October 2012 who described themselves as being "a long-term investor". The news was announced to staff this morning, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Tim Elliott from Unite The Union; MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch; and Prof Tim Luckhurst who's a journalist expert.

Derelict Saltdean Lido receives £4.7m from lottery

Saltdean Lido in Sussex has seen better days - and could see them again after £4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £4.7m to the project to restore the derelict 1930s Saltdean Lido in Sussex.

The money, alongside other grants and donations from other groups and individuals, will be used to help restore and reopen the lido. The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company said it still has to raise another two million pounds to fund the project.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area. However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use.”

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company

Young people invited to UK's largest careers fair

The fair is aimed at the region's young people Credit: PA

Heathrow Airport is today hosting its 8th Annual Jobs and Careers Fair, the UK's largest single-day careers event.

The fair features several employers not necessarily based at Heathrow, such as Transport for London, and community organisations like Green Corridor or The Challenge.

Over 76,500 people work at Heathrow across 400 different companies.

The fair will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

It welcomes schools and college groups between 9.30am and 3.30pm and the evening session between 3.30pm and 7.00pm is aimed at young people aged 15 - 24 and their parents.

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Homeless charity 'comes of age'

A unique charity set up to tackle homelessness came of age today. Emmaus, at Portslade in Sussex, is celebrating 18 years of helping people sleeping rough to get their lives back on track. The project provides somewhere to stay in return for work ..... a combination which has proved so successful that branches have opened across the country, including Kent. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Port of Dover: 'Customers remain our priority'

Following today's tribunal ruling, the Port of Dover said its priority was to ensure an effective ferry operation for customers.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover said: "Our immediate thoughts are with those who are directly affected by this decision.

"The ruling comes at a time when Europe’s busiest ferry port has just achieved record freight volumes and so our priority is to ensure that our customers continue to be provided with a great level of service and choice.

"We will also work tirelessly on delivering our ongoing major investment plans to provide extra capacity and significant new job opportunities for local people.

"We will continue to consult regularly with all of our major ferry customers, and community groups, in the days and weeks ahead as we plan our way forward to future success.“

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