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Two stories;

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?

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  1. I notice that you give absolute numbers for the UK figures but quote a percentage for the NI numbers, I wonder why that is.

    Oh wait, from the article on the UK figures “In the three months to December, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% – down from 7.9% in the previous quarter.”

    So the overall UK figure is 7.8% and the NI figure is 7.8%

  2. While in the 12 regions of the United Kingdom Northern Ireland is 6th (about middle of the pack). Also unemployment wasn’t helped by the fact that at the busiest shopping period of the year Belfast was a ghost town because of protesters that you support David. You can’t complain about unemployment when your mates are doing everything to prevent business and employment coming to Belfast.

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