Derry and Strabane still unemployment black spot of North

The Derry City and Strabane District Council area has the highest percentage of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the North.
The Derry City and Strabane District Council area has the highest percentage of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the North.

The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the Derry and Strabane council area decreased by 4.2 per cent from October to November.

However, despite the reduction, the Derry and Strabane council area remains the council area with the highest unemployment rate (6.4 per cent) in the North. The Belfast Belfast City Council area (4.4 per cent) has the second highest rate in the North.

The total number of men and women claiming unemployment related benefits in the Derry and Strabane council area in November was 6,120. Of that total, 4,222 were male and 1,898 were female. The figures reveal that men of working age (16-64 years-old) living in the Derry and Strabane council area are more than twice as likely to claim unemployment related benefits than women.

The statistics for November also reveal that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits throughout the Derry and Strabane council area has decreased by 16.8 per cent over the year.

The average number of people claiming unemployment related benefits throughout the North is 3.3 per cent and reduced by 2.7 per cent from October to November.

The Foyle parliamentary constituency, which includes Derry, saw a reduction of 4.4 per cent in the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits from October to November, However, like the Derry and Strabane council area, Foyle remains the parliamentary constituency with the highest unemployment rate (6.8 per cent) in the entire North. There are currently 18 parliamentary constituencies throughout the North.