'Gold Coast' boroughs worst hit by job losses
Bangor's once prosperous Main Street shows signs of the recession which has seen North Down and Ards worst hit for job losses
Job figures in North Down and Ards are amongst the worst in Northern Ireland according to a recent employment survey.
Published by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) the survey shows the areas as having the highest percentage of employee job losses since 2011.
In Ards a total of 564 jobs have been lost between the 2011-2012 census while in North Down a total of 619 jobs have been lost.
The figures are a stark comparison to areas such as Strabane (921 jobs), Ballymoney (392 jobs) and Moyle (147 jobs) where an increase of jobs was recorded.
In Northern Ireland a total decrease of 567 jobs has been recorded since the 2011 Census, while 13 of the 26 District Council Areas recorded a drop in the number of employee jobs.
The September 2011 Northern Ireland Business Register and Employment Survey jobs figure stands at 692,516, a decrease of some 567 jobs (or 0.1%) compared to the 2011 Census.
DUP MLA for North Down Gordon Dunne said that the statistics were concerning.
"I continue to work with and meet with Invest NI along with the DETI Minister Arlene Foster and others in support of local businesses. Unfortunately the global downturn continues to present challenges for our local economy, it is vital that we do all we can to help support existing businesses through sustaining jobs as well as assisting with new business start-up programmes.
"The construction sector has also faced many challenges recently and unfortunately has resulted in many skilled workers struggling to find work. I will continue to do all in my power as a member of the Enterprise Committee to encourage growth in our economy in North Down.
"Much good work in supporting and encouraging growth continues through North Down Borough Council and the Signal Centre."