It is good news that 27,000 more people are now in work in Northern Ireland since the last general election.
Owen Paterson highlighted this figure at a Northern Ireland Conservatives event on Friday.
The Secretary of State also highlighted the potential of enterprise zones, now operating across the UK, except in Northern Ireland.
The Government has granted the Executive powers and money to set up these hotspots of growth, but ministers have not yet given the idea serious consideration.
This was the third key economic speech Owen Paterson has delivered in recent weeks. It added considerably to the debate on creating jobs, growth and rebalancing the economy.
Chairman, NI Conservatives