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Unemployment rate in Northern Ireland continues to fall

Published 12/06/2013

Jobs minister Arlene Foster said the decrease in the Northern Ireland unemployment rate was welcome news
Jobs minister Arlene Foster said the decrease in the Northern Ireland unemployment rate was welcome news

The number of those jobless in Northern Ireland has dropped once again, according to the latest figures.

Figures released today for the period February - April 2013 show that the unemployment rate fell by 0.6% over the quarter to 7.8%.

May saw a decrease of 200 in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits over the course of the month.

There has also been a fall of 800 in the claimant count over the last four months.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the latest drop.

"This compares favourably to the equivalent rates in the European Union (10.9%) and Republic of Ireland (14.2%)," she said.

"It is also encouraging that the claimant count has now decreased for four consecutive months for the first time since August 2007.

"The latest employee jobs figures for the first quarter of 2013 recorded a slight fall in Northern Ireland employment levels (-0.2%), though overall the number of jobs remained up over the year.

"This decrease over the quarter was driven by falls in both the service, construction and manufacturing sectors."

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