Sat 6th Jul 2013
Latest Labour Market Figures released – 16 March 2011
Figures released today for the period November 2010 – January 2011 showed that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate increased over the quarter to 8.0%.
More recent figures for February 2011 showed that the number of unemployment benefit claimants increased by 300 from the previous month’s revised figure.
The total number of employee jobs in Northern Ireland was estimated at 692,910 for December 2010, representing a fall of 1,880 over the quarter.
Commenting on the figures, Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster said: “There was a rise in unemployment during the latest quarter and the Northern Ireland unemployment rate (8.0%) is now equal to the UK average rate (8.0%). The latest jobs figures for the last quarter of 2010 also recorded a fall in Northern Ireland employment levels, with the Construction sector bearing the brunt of the latest job losses.
“However, it was encouraging to note the continued improvement in the Northern Ireland manufacturing sector. Manufacturing jobs have now increased for three quarters in a row, indicating that the potential for growth exists, if companies can continue to develop their customer base through the provision of high quality products and services.
“It is clear that trading conditions remain difficult following the recession and it will be some time before the recovery is translated into new employment opportunities and improved labour market conditions.”
The Minister continued: “I have taken decisive action to prioritise my uncommitted budget, in order to target jobs promotion, tourism promotion and investment by business in Research & Development.