Northern Ireland unemployment rate continues to rise

Northern Ireland unemployment rate continues to riseThe total number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland was 59,100 in February 2011. This figure compares unfavourably to the January figure of 58,800 and constitutes the largest increase in any of the UK’s twelve regions. It also means that unemployment has risen by 3,500 (6.3%) from its February 2010 level.

A quarterly survey of households in Northern Ireland carried out by the Central Survey Unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department of Trade and Investment (DETINI) and known as the Labour Force Survey, sees things from a slightly different perspective.

Their findings demonstrate that the number of job vacancies has fallen by nearly 1,900 in the quarter with most of those losses being in construction (one of the first indicators of an economic crisis) and services. Allowing for seasonal adjustments, this drop was the tenth in succession.

The only ray of hope came as it was recorded that the number of manufacturing jobs rose by just over 1,300 in the 12 months from March 2010.

The survey also highlights one of the sociological consequences of long-term, widespread unemployment: the rate of ‘economic inactivity’ which translates to ‘unemployed people who are not actively looking for work’ now stands at 28.4% in Northern Ireland compared to the UK average of 23.4%.

According to the Labour Force Survey, there are 11,000 fewer people in work in Northern Ireland than there were 3 years ago.

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4 Responses to Northern Ireland unemployment rate continues to rise
  1. Barry
    May 29, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    Thanks to unemployment benefits courtesy of the government, nobody has to work.

    • Clive
      May 29, 2011 | 1:12 pm

      Anybody think that Unemployment Benefit constitutes a living wage? Let’s have some comments from readers who don’t think drawing the dole is the pinnacle of their career?

  2. Ed
    May 30, 2011 | 1:11 am

    There are still jobs, for people who know how to get them.