As much for my own reference as anything else, this latest information from the Thanet & East Kent Insider.
It reports that the the average median wage for a full-time worker in a Thanet workplace is just £384.40 whereas for a Thanet resident it is £426.80 [Nomis 2008].
From figures such as these it becomes abundantly clear why economic regeneration is such a high priority objective, particularly when one sees Thanet's overall position in the indices of deprivation.
The collective challenge we all now face, is that with public spending to be slashed to unprecedented levels, every practical opportunity has to be taken in order to make our small island attractive to inward business investment and with it, any opportunity for new jobs and skills.
Glancing briefly at the statistics in the illustration and shrugging them off simply isn't an alternative, when you consider the future consequences of such a large unskilled workforce, almost a quarter of the population in households with no working parent and our over-reliance on the public sector as the largest local employer.
So when opportunities, such as The China Gateway appear or even the more controversial suggestion for further development of the airport, perhaps we should be taking a more sanguine and pragmatic view of the future and what we expect from our own place in it?
What do you think?