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10 years of jobs misery looms, warns report on Covid economic legacy


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Gareth Hetherington from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre

Gareth Hetherington from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre

Gareth Hetherington from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre

Northern Ireland's jobs market may take over a decade to recover from the damage inflicted by Covid-19 and lockdown, economists have claimed.

The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre today (UUEPC) said it would take Northern Ireland up to five years to recover to pre-pandemic levels of economic activity.

Its Pathways to Recovery report also predicted that unemployment would take a decade or more to return to recent lows of around 2% and forecast a joblessness rate of 13%.