Latest employment figures show NI moving in the right direction

21 March 2018

North Antrim MLA Paul Frew has welcomed the publication of the latest figures showing unemployment in Northern Ireland at 3.2%, the joint lowest on record and private sector jobs at their highest rate since records began.

Paul Frew MLA

Chair of the Justice Committee

Paul Frew

He said, “The latest labour market statistics show Northern Ireland moving in the right economic direction

Boosting the economy through private sector growth has been a key DUP priority over the last decade. It is very welcome that private sector jobs are now at their highest level since records began in 1974. We want to see that grow further and significant funding secured through the Confidence and Supply agreement to deliver on key infrastructure projects such as the York Street interchange and the superfast broadband are the foundation of future growth.

There should be Ministers at their desks today in a Northern Ireland Executive working to deliver on the issues that matter to everyone. Four out of five parties want this but it is being blocked because Sinn Fein are using narrow sectional interests as a roadblock to devolution.

Last week progress was made on business rates, the small business rates relief scheme, air passenger duty and tourism VAT. While Sinn Fein focus on a republican narrow agenda, the DUP will get on with delivering for everyone in Northern Ireland.”

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