NI jobless remains higher than UK average

Published Wednesday, 23 January 2013
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The number of people in Northern Ireland signing on for unemployment benefit rose in December, while the unemployment figure decreased overall in the last quarter.

NI jobless remains higher than UK average
Job searching during unemployment at the job centre online. (© UTV)

However, at 7.9%, it still remains slightly higher than the UK average of 7.7%.

The NI rate remained below the European Union's of 10.7% and that of Republic of Ireland, 14.7%, both for October 2012.

The seasonally adjusted Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates for Northern Ireland for the period September - November 2012.

The December Claimant Count recorded an increase of 500 people compared to the month before and is currently at 65,200.

The economic inactivity rate for those aged 16-64 in the region stands at 26.9%.

This rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points over the quarter and by 0.2 percentage points over the year.

Despite this, Northern Ireland is still above the UK average rate of 22.5% and was also the highest rate out of all the UK regions.

In fact, in the last 33 months, the province has had the highest or second highest unemployment
rate among the twelve UK regions.

Almost 300 people were made redundant in December, with 190 redundancies proposed for the mid- December to mid-January period.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
rosie in coleraine wrote (640 days ago):
When are these figures going to reflect the number of people being refused ESA and being forced to claim JSA! The people being paid by the Government to reassess Incapacity Benefit have an agenda to say that the majority of claimants are fit for work? There are numerous appeals outstanding and taking months to process! There is no middle ground as you have to be in a coma to qualify for this new benefit!!
Sam in Derry wrote (640 days ago):
And will increase alot more this year because of the fleg crap.
norman.d in bangor wrote (640 days ago):
high unemployment is here to stay the world is over populated and cannot supply enough growth to give everyone a job the world growth is slowing down and the population is riseing thats the problem
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