Belfast Telegraph

Unemployment numbers in Northern Ireland down 1,000 in past year

The number of people in Northern Ireland’s dole queues reduced by 800 last month, with 11,690 finding work over the year.

Those seeking unemployment benefits fell to 39,100 in November, according to regional figures in the Labour Force Survey released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

It showed that unemployment here currently stands at 53,000, which is down by 1,000 over the last year.

Enterprise Jonathan Bell welcomed today’s labour market statistics, which show an increase in the number of jobs in Northern Ireland and a decrease in the unemployment rate.

He said: “The figures published today contain positive messages across a range of key labour market indicators. Unemployment has fallen, both over the quarter and the year, while the number of employee jobs has continued to increase.

“At 6.1%, the Northern Ireland unemployment rate continues to compare very favourably to the August 2015 rates for the European Union (9.3%) and the Republic of Ireland (9.4%).”

Meanwhile, new figures showed record numbers in work and unemployment falling to a seven-year low for the UK.

More than 31 million people are in work, the highest since comparable records began in 1971, giving an employment rate of almost 74%.

Unemployment fell by 110,000 in the quarter to October to 1.7 million, the lowest since the spring of 2008.

The claimant count - those on jobseeker’s allowance and the out of work element of Universal Credit - increased by 3,900 last month to 796,200, today’s data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

Total hours worked per week topped one billion in the latest quarter, the first time it has passed this mark.

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