Drop in borough’s jobless total

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The number of people out of work and claiming benefits in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area fell by three per cent last month, according to the latest government figures.

The June Labour Market Report reveals that the local jobless total stood at 2,159 during May - 1,572 men and 587 women - a decrease of 67 people from the previous month.

The borough’s claimant count (2.4 per cent of the working age population) is still the third lowest among the 11 council areas.

According to the NI Statistics and Research Agency, the local jobless total has dropped by 4.7 per cent (107 people) over the past year.

The number of people out of work and claiming benefits across Northern Ireland fell by 600 during May to 37,200.