Derry still unemployment black spot of the north

The District Super Council area of Derry and Strabane had the higest unemployment rate in the North in August 2014.

The District Super Council area of Derry and Strabane had the higest unemployment rate in the North in August 2014.

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The new District Super Council of Derry and Strabane has the highest unemployment rate in the North of Ireland , The Derry Journal can reveal.

It is the first time figures pertaining to the new district super councils have ever been released by the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment (DETI). The new district super councils will replace the existing local government structures in April 2015.

The figures obtained by The Derry Journal relate to August 2014 and out of the 11 new district super councils. Derry has the highest rate of unemployment amongst people aged between 16 and 64.

In August, 7816 people claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance, which represents 8.1 per cent of the working age population in the District Super Council of Derry and Strabane.

When compared to other district super councils, the figure of 8.1 per cent is more than double that of Antrim and Newtownabbey (3.2 per cent), Armagh, Bandbridge and Craigavon (4.0 per cent), Lisburn and Castlereagh (2.7 per cent), Mid Ulster (3.4 per cent), Mid and East Antrim (3.4 per cent) and North Down and Ards (3.5 per cent).

Closer examination of the Derry and Strabane figures show that 11.3 per cent of men of working age claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance in August whilst the same figure for women was 5.1 per cent.

So, not only does Derry have the highest percentage of people of working age not in work it has the highest number of unemployment amongst men and women throughout the North.

Figures pertaining to the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance throughout the 18 Parliamentary Constituency Areas in the North in August show the Foyle constituency to have the most number of people out of work.

The constituency that comes closest to that of Foyle’s is Belfast West with 4599.

Again, when employment figures throughout the North are examined by Parliamentary Constituency Area, Foyle has the highest number of men (12.2 per cent) and women (5.3 per cent) of working age claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance.