Belfast Telegraph

Unemployment rate stays at 14.3%

Unemployment remained unchanged at 14.3% in April, official figures have revealed.

The number of people signing on for dole benefits has fallen by almost 10,000 in the last year to 430,001, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said.

There were 277,408 men on the Live Register last month and 152,593 women, but the crisis of long-term unemployment showed no signs of easing with 184,053 people now on the dole for a year or more.

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