THE number of people in Tyrone claiming jobseekers allowance has continued to fall, latest government figures have revealed.A breakdown of the latest labour market statistics, show that Fermanagh and Omagh recorded one of the highest drops with 39 fewer people on the dole queue during March, a reduction of 2.3 per-cent compared with the previous month. Indeed, over the last 12-months the region has achieved the biggest drop in those classed as unemployed with 620 people fewer, a drop of 27.3 per-cent from the same period in 2016.In neighbouring Mid Ulster, which covers much of east Tyrone the drop in unemployment was 2.1 per-cent month-on-month, with 31 fewer claimants. A 12 month comparison shows a reduction of 20.5 per-cent, which equates to 379 fewer people than in 2016.A more modest reduction was recorded in Derry and Strabane, where there were 56 fewer people claiming benefits, a drop of 1.1 per-cent. Compared with 2016, Derry and Strabane has enjoyed an 16.1 per-cent drop, or 966 fewer people registered as unemployed.Across the North, there were 372 fewer people claiming benefits, representing a month-on-month drop of 1.1 per-cent, and a 12-month drop of 17.3 per-cent.However, the figures reveal a decrease in the employment rate (68.8 per-cent) over the quarter but no change over the year. The economic inactivity rate (27.3 per-cent) increased by 0.8 per-cent over the quarter and 0.9 per-cent over the year. There were 139 confirmed redundancies in March and in the last year the North has seen a 61 per-cent increase in the number of confirmed redundancies: 3,480 compared to 2,161 in the previous year.
Posted: 7:01 pm April 19, 2017
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