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Employment at record high in NI

12 Dec 2007

Employment at record high in NI Students from Northern Ireland may be boosted by a recent report that claims employment levels there have reached a record high.

Jobs in the construction and service sectors provided the biggest boost to the employment figures, according to the research from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).

There was an increase of 12,010 employee-filled jobs over the year and 1,450 over the quarter.

NI Assembly's economy minister, Nigel Dodds said: "The number of jobs in Northern Ireland has once again risen to its highest ever level and this represents positive news for the labour market. It is encouraging to note that the entire increase in jobs over the year is accounted for by the private sector, which increased by some 12,830 jobs during the last year."

He added that the private services sector recorded an annual growth of close to 10,000 jobs and has "continued to be the driving force in jobs growth in Northern Ireland".

The number of people claiming benefits in Northern Ireland is now at 23,300. This is an increase from last month but a fall from last year's figures.

DETI is responsible for economic policy development in Northern Ireland and includes Invest NI as one of its non-departmental public bodies.

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