Survey suggests more people than ever claiming benefits

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Newry Jobs & Benefits Office

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Northern Ireland has increased this month according to a survey released this week. However, the number of those unemployed has remained the same according to the latest figures in the ‘labour force survey’. The number of people unemployed in Northern Ireland is expected to be in the region of 6.8%, which is well below the average for the UK which currently stands at 8.3%. Although unemployment levels have remained the same, the number claiming job seeking benefits has increased, with around 61,500 people believed to be signing on; an increase of 200 since February 2012. The number of people on Job Seekers is the second highest claimant count of the twelve UK regions, although the annual increase is the second lowest in the same regions.
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