Sunday, 27 May 2012

Muir comments on Unemployment in North Down

I recently received Unemployment Statistics from Alliance MLA Judith Cochrane which detail a 3.7% unemployment rate in North Down. 

Whilst the current economic downturn is a cause for concern amongst most people, unemployment levels are of particular concern especially those who are long term unemployed.

Recent statistics from the Finance Minister helps to highlight hot spots within North Down which I know local bodies such as South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have been targeting.

I was extremely impressed at the range of courses and commitment shown by SERC staff during my recent visit to their Bangor Campus along with Cllr Michael Bower. I would encourage anyone out of work and interested in improving their skills levels to contact SERC to see if any appropriate opportunities exist.


In the meantime I will continue working with my Alliance colleagues and others to re-build our economy, helping make Northern Ireland an attractive and harmonious place to invest.

Alliance Finance and Personnel Spokesperson Judith Cochrane MLA stated "In order to tackle unemployment we must make ensure that everybody has to access to training and higher/further education. If those that are unemployed do not have the right skills set then they will find it harder to get back into employment.

"I am glad that the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has made improving skills a priority of his Department and he is looking to tackle the so called NEETs group (Not in Employment, Education or Training). By improving people's employability we can not only get them back into the workforce but also attract more jobs as we would have the people with the training and the skills to work for companies that would wish to set up here."

Assembly Question Ref AQW 10551/11-15

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many people aged between 16-74 years old in North Down are (i) economically active and unemployed; and (ii) economically active and long-term unemployed, broken down by electoral ward.
 
This information will be available from the Northern Ireland Census of Population in winter 2012.
However, the Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey (LFS) can be used to provide sample based estimates of the economically active population. Due to the LFS sample size, estimates are only available for economic activity at the District Council Area (DCA) level.
For information, the latest economic activity estimates for NorthDown DCA are included in Table 1 overleaf.
Table 1 – Economic activity in North Down (2010)
Age group
Number
Rate
16+
38,000
59.1%
16-641
37,000
70.0%
Source: LFS, LADB 2010
The LADB does not allow analysis by individual year of age and it is therefore not possible to select
those aged 65-74.
Information on the number of persons unemployed at a ward level is available from the claimant count measure of unemployment. Table 2 shows the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits and those claiming such benefits over a year (long-term unemployed) in North Down DCA, and this information for the wards within North Down DCA at March 2012.

Table 2– Claimants of unemployment related benefits in North Down
Area
Total Claimants
Rate
Long-term*
North Down DCA
1,877
3.7
420
Wards within North Down
 
 
 
Ballycrochan
83
2.2
10
Ballyholme
36
2.4
5
Ballymaconnell
33
1.7
5
Ballymagee
56
2.1
10
Bangor Castle
79
5.1
20
Bloomfield
112
4.8
25
Broadway
42
2.5
10
Bryansburn
41
2.7
5
Churchill
54
3.5
10
Clandeboye
160
5.0
40
Conlig
177
4.6
55
Craigavad
35
2.1
5
Crawfordsburn
31
1.9
5
Cultra
11
0.7
0
Dufferin
134
8.5
40
Groomsport
43
2.5
10
Harbour (Northdown)
200
9.4
45
Holywood Demesne
64
3.4
20
Holywood Priory
33
2.1
5
Loughview
79
2.6
20
Princetown
36
2.4
10
Rathgael
79
4.8
15
Silverstream
116
5.7
25
Spring Hill
40
2.3
5
Whitehill
103
6.7
20
* Long-term data is round to 5 and does not include clerical claimants that make up less than 1% of total





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