Derry dole queue grows again

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Almost 9% of people of working age in Derry are claiming unemployment related benefits.

The latest claimant count issued this morning by the North’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and investment show that 46 people joined the dole queue in the Derry City Council area in August.

A total of 6,273 people are now claiming out of work related benefits - that’s 8.9% of the city’s working population.

Derry has the highest rate of unemployment among the North’s 26 local council areas.

Across the North the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell by 300 in August. The seasonally adjusted number of people claiming unemployment related benefits stood at 62,200 in August 2013.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the figures “continue to show encouraging signs as this is the seventh consecutive month in which there has been a fall in this measure of unemployment.”