Derry dole tally highest since 1998

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Almost 6000 people are on the dole in Derry - the highest figure since August 1998.

New figures released today show that a total of 5998 are currently receiving unemployment related benefits in the city.

The unemployment rate in Derry (8.4% of the working age population) is more than double that of the rate in Antrim, Ards, Ballymena and North Down.

Across the north the number of unemployment benefit claimants increased by 600.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: “This increase in claimants was the largest for several months and emphasises that there is still work to do in order to move on from the impact of the economic downturn.”

Read more in Friday’s Journal