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Margaret Canning

Impact of coronavirus on NI economy will be hard to recover from even after lockdown lifted

Margaret Canning


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The Executive has been resourceful so far, but more help will be needed to support newly unemployed.

The Executive has been resourceful so far, but more help will be needed to support newly unemployed.

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The Executive has been resourceful so far, but more help will be needed to support newly unemployed.

It's tough for our political leaders to chart a way back to normality from lockdown, and it will take much longer than any of us would like it to.

But the impact of unemployment resulting from Covid-19 and the lockdown will be much harder to recover from, even when lockdown has largely been reversed.

The report from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency shows that the numbers of people aged 25 to 49 claiming universal credit or jobseekers doubled to 32,090 during March - leaving an overall claimant count rate of 6.1%.