Derry still north’s dole hotspot

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Derry remains the north’s unemployment blackspot, according to the latest figures.

New figures released this week by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment reveal a total of 5,919 people are currently signing on in Derry - a rise of 44 on the previous month.

The current level of unemployment in Derry (8.3% of the workforce) is double that of Castlereagh and North Down and significantly higher than Antrim, Castlereagh, and North Down.

More than 11% of men of working age and over 4% of women are out of work in the city - both rates are higher than anywhere else in the north.

Read more in Friday’s Journal.