Unemployment rate decreases in 2013

Published Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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Government figures have shown that the number of people unemployed dropped by 4,000 during 2013.

Unemployment rate decreases in 2013
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit dropped for the 12th month. (© UTV)

The latest Labour Force Survey has said the number of people in work decreased by 1,000 in the last quarter of the year, however overall, for the 12 month period, 4,000 fewer people were classified as unemployed.

The survey estimated that 64,000 were unemployed, or 7.4% of the working population, between October and December with 807,000 in work for the period, an increase of 8,000 for the year.

The number of the population, aged between 16 and 65, classed as economically inactive was estimated at 560,000 people.

The figure represents 26.9% of the working population which the report said was "significantly higher" than the 22.1% UK average.

Also, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit decreased by 600 to 58,700 in January.

It was the 12th month in a row the number claiming the benefit fell and represents a fall of 6,200 for the year.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "While the unemployment rate increased slightly over the quarter, the number of unemployment benefit claimants has fallen for the 12th consecutive month.

"It is encouraging to note that there are 6,200 fewer people claiming unemployment benefit than one year ago.

"The rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland (7.4%) is slightly above that of the UK (7.2%) but compares favourably to the rates in the European Union, 10.9% and the Republic of Ireland 12.3%."

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3 Comments
don't believe all you hear in Derry/J.S.A Scrap heap wrote (158 days ago):
I am unemployed and I can't even get a mandatory new deal placement where I don't get payed for my time so what's the chance of a payed job..there's that many pennyless schemes and if your over 21 even less of them..but what needs to be looked in to is the full breakdown of how they reach these stats and what pennyless scheme's and training include as working and not part of the stats..maby be good to keep the training up to date with the job market and the economic breakdown of the country
Jan in Belfast wrote (159 days ago):
Not surprised. My 2 kids took up jobs in Dublin. Thousands more emigrating each year.
peter in derry wrote (159 days ago):
Unemployment rate needs to be addressed in the north-west, particuarly in derry immediately! The rate is near 9 percent which is near 20 percent higher than that the overall figure which never seems to be mentioned upon release of these figures. The dole ques here are huge and the region seems to be written off by the executive! Some may say in the executive "then travel" but when u send a cv to an employer or recruitment agency in belfast with an address in derry u are seen as a liability..example: i sent a cv with address with derry to a few employer's in belfast to apply for jobs..no contact..i sent the same employers/recruitment agencies with an address in belfast of someone i know, all if a sudden the phone calls came flooding through! This is a REAL issue that the executive do not seem to be addressing if they have the power to even address it at all! Unemployment is a serious issue in derry/north west, people are leaving the region thick and fast but not all people can just leave due to familys etc. I lost my job in december and since then i have seen very little to no jobs coming available in derry to apply for. The problem is that bad that at any one time where ppl ate in the waiting room to sign in there wouldnt be enough jobs to go around at that moment of time in the city of derry
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