NORTHERN Ireland’s umeployment numbers continue to rise.
And almost 60 cent have been unemployed for a year or more – a rise of nearly 20 per cent on 2011.
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.
However, those claiming the dole in the province in January was the same for December, 65,000.
This is despite the fact that the UK figure fell by 0.8%.
Of 65,000 unemployed, 58.9% have been without a job for a year or more, which is an increase of 18.6% on last year.
The number of people claiming unemployment- related benefits in Northern Ireland is the second highest among the twelve UK regions.
The unemployment rate in Northern Ireland is now the same as the average rate for the UK.
At 7.8%, it is almost half that recorded in the Republic of Ireland, where the unemployment rate is 14.6%