Derry still North’s unemployment capital despite decrease

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The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in the Derry and Strabane council area decreased by one per cent in months from July to August this year, according to figures released by the Department for Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI).

Despite the small reduction in people claiming the benefit the new Derry and Strabane council area remains the council area with the highest level of unemployment in the North with 7.1 per cent of men and women of working age claiming JSA.

A total of 6,839 men and women of working age claimed JSA in the Derry and Strabane council area in August.

Almost 10 per cent of the working population who are male in Derry and Strabane claim JSA.

In terms of parliamentary constituencies in the North, Foyle (which encompasses Derry) remains the constituency with the highest level of unemployment with 7.8 per cent of men and women of working age claiming unemployment related benefits.