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Jobless figures continue to fall across Tyrone

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.

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