NI unemployment rate on a par with rest of UK

A slight increase in the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland, and a 0.8% decrease in the rest of the UK means that the province is now on a par with the mainland.

There was a 0.2% increase in unemployment in Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2012, taking the overall rate to 7.8% - almost half the rate in the Republic of Ireland (14.6%). There was no increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland in January, but with 65,000 claimants, the country still has the second dole claimant count of the whole of the UK.

It has been predicted that unemployment may increase in the first quarter of 2013, as an increasing number of companies are feeling the strain of low business activities. Some high profile companies have already announced store closures and redundancies, and it is expected that more businesses will have to re-evaluate the size of their workforce over the coming months.

If you are an employer or employee in Northern Ireland requiring legal advice in respect of a redundancy process, claim of unfair dismissal or discrimination, or any other employment matter, contact one of the employment solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt by calling 0800 840 9296.