Belfast Telegraph

Unemployment down to 6.1%

Youth unemployment remains stubbornly high despite steady improvements in the jobs market.

The unemployment rate is down to 6.1%, official figures have revealed.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) 143,700 people were out of work in this month – a fall of 28,600 over the course of the last year.

The report also found youth unemployment – people aged 15-24 – was 13.7%.

Overall the CSO said its monthly unemployment monitor recorded 83,600 men and 60,100 women out of work this month.

Unemployment has steadily fallen since it peaked at 16% in 2012 and is now back at levels not seen in almost 10 years.

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