Unemployment count down by 700

Published Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 700 over the past month.

Unemployment count down by 700
The claimant count has continued to fall. (© Pacemaker)

November was the tenth consecutive month in which there has been a decrease in this measure of unemployment, the Department of Enterprise said.

The total number of people claiming benefits now stands at 60,200.

Northern Ireland is still the UK region with the slowest monthly decrease in claimants, falling at 1.1% compared to the average of 2.8%.

Meanwhile, according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the unemployment rate has gone up 0.6% for the period between August and October to 7.5%.

Arlene Foster, DETI minister, said: "Although the increase in the unemployment rate is disappointing, it is encouraging that the number of unemployment benefit claimants continues to fall. In addition, there are positive signs in terms of employee jobs with seven consecutive quarterly increases."

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james in lurgan wrote (121 days ago):
zero hour contract jobs are nothing more than slave labour these figures are a proxy.
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