Derry still jobless capital of North

Derry remains the council area with the highest rate of unemployment in the North of Ireland.

Derry remains the council area with the highest rate of unemployment in the North of Ireland.

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The Derry City Council area is still the area with the highest unemployment rate in the North of Ireland.

In figures for September 2014 released on Wednesday by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) Derry’s unemployment rate is the highest with 8.3 per cent of the working population out of work.

However, when compared to the previous month, the number of people out of work in Derry decreased by 0.5 per cent.

Three of the top four council areas in the North of Ireland are in the North West.

Derry is top of the pile with 8.3 per cent; Strabane 7.5 per cent; Belfast 6.3 per cent and Limavady 5.5 per cent.

While the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Derry decreased by six per cent over the year, the council areas of Dungannon (29 per cent), Armagh (25 per cent) and Omagh (24.6 per cent) saw a greater percentage of people coming off JSA.

Derry’s unemployment figure is a full two per cent above that of the UK’s average unemployment rate (6.3 per cent - June 2014 - Source: Eurostat).

For more on this story, see this Friday’s Derry Journal.