10,000 signing on in north west

Photo Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker Press

Photo Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker Press

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Almost 10,000 people are claiming the dole in the north west, new figures reveal.

The latest government statistics released this morning show that across Derry, Limavady and Strabane a total of 9686 people were claiming unemployment related benefits in February 2013.

Derry remains the north’s dole capital with 8.6% of people of working age claiming unemployment related benefits.

In Strabane the rate stands at 7.6% while in Limavady 7.3% of people are claiming the dole.

The unemployment rate in Derry is more than double that of Antrim, Castlereagh and North Down.