The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Derry in January increased by over 100 from the previous month, according to figures released by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) on Wednesday.
When compared to December 2014 the DETI Labour Force Survey for January 2015 showed that 104 more men and women of working age (16-64) joined dole queues in the Derry City Council (DCC) area.
The most recent unemployment figures continue to show that Derry is still the council area with the highest rate of unemployment in the North with 7.9 per cent of men and women of working age out of work.
Including Derry, three out of the top four council areas with the highest rate of unemployment are in the North West. Derry leads the way with 7.9 per cent, Strabane is second with 6.8 per cent whilst Limavady is fourth worst off with 5.3 per cent of its working population out of work.
Commenting on the figures, DETI Minister Arlene Foster said: “The decrease in the unemployment rate, alongside the continued decrease in the Northern Ireland claimant count is encouraging. The number of claimants has fallen in each of the last 25 months, which is the most sustained decrease since the series began.”