UK unemployment fell in the three months to December, while the number of people in work jumped to a new record. The jobless total fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million,the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The number in work rose by 154,000 to 29.7 million. More than 580,000 more people are employed than a year ago.
That’s UK unemployment, of course, but it covers a host of devolved sins;
There has been a slight rise in the unemployment rate in Northern Ireland, according to the latest Labour Force Survey figures. The rate for the period from October to December 2012 was 7.8%, up by 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter
Thank god we have have OWN politicians at Stormont, working tirelessly on our behalf, right?