Borough’s jobless total falls by 3.8 per cent

Unemployment is falling in Mid Ulster
Unemployment is falling in Mid Ulster

The number of people in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area out of work and claiming unemployment benefit dropped by 3.8 per cent last month, according to the government’s latest figures.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency’s May Labour Market Report reveals that during April the borough’s jobless total stood at 2,393 - 1,707 men and 686 women. That represents 2.7 per cent of the working age population.

The figures show a 3.8 per cent fall in unemployment locally over the month (95 fewer claimants) and a drop of 21.5 per cent over the past year (655 fewer claimants).

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland fell by a further 900 in April to 44,300.

East Antrim DUP MLA Alastair Ross welcomed the continuing drop as “very positive news.”