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70,000 jobless in Northern Ireland and figure to worsen as coronavirus furloughing ends

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Dole queues could grow by thousands at the end of the furlough scheme

Dole queues could grow by thousands at the end of the furlough scheme

Dole queues could grow by thousands at the end of the furlough scheme

Around 70,000 people in Northern Ireland are now likely to be unemployed as an "alarming" jump in joblessness heralds an unwelcome new trend, an economist has said.

And tens of thousands more could face joining the dole queue as the end of the Government's furlough scheme looms.

Large numbers of firms here have put employees on furlough, so that while there is no work for them because of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, they can still get paid by the Government at 80% of their wages.