NI jobless numbers fall again for the 25th month in a row
Unemployment continued to fall in the province in January, according to the latest official figures.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit was down by 1,700 to 48,000.
That is the 25th month in a row that unemployment claims have fallen, suggesting a continued economic recovery.
Over the last 12 months the number of people on unemployment benefits has fallen by more than 10,000.
The second measure of joblessness, the unemployment rate, is also showing improvement. It now stands at 5.7%, which is the same as the UK average.
It is measured using the Labour Force Survey and now stands at 6.3%, just above the UK average of 6%.
Minister Foster said: “The last month has seen continuing evidence of job creation and significant investment in business for Northern Ireland.”
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