Unemployment rate decrease but Derry still worst in North

Derry's unemployment rate reduced by 2.8 per cent from August to September.

Derry's unemployment rate reduced by 2.8 per cent from August to September.

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Derry’s unemployment rate decreased by 2.8 per cent from August to September, according to figures released on Wednesday morning by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

The decrease is still well behind the average throughout the North (3.8 per cent).

In total, 5056 people claimed unemployment related benefits from NI Jobs and Benefits Offices in Derry in September.

In total, 144 less people claimed unemployment related benefits in Derry in September than in August. Despite the decrease, the Derry district council area, remains the council area with the highest level of unemployment (7.1 per cent) in the North. The Strabane area has the second highest unemployment rate (6.3 per cent) and Limavady (4.5 per cent) has the fourth highest after Belfast.

The new Derry City and Strabane Super Council (6.9 per cent) area has the highest level of unemployment out all 11 new super councils. The unemployment rate in the new Derry and Strabane super council area for September is almost twice that of the average in the North (3.5 per cent).

Men (9.5 per cent of the working age population) are more than twice as likely than women (4.4 per cent of the working age population) to claim unemployment benefit in the new Derry and Strabane super council area.

Worryingly, the Westminster constituency of Foyle (7.4 per cent), also has the highest unemployment rate out of all 18 Westminster constituencies in the North.

The unemployment rate in Foyle is also more than twice that of the average throughout the North (3.5 per cent).