Slight drop in jobless rate
COOKSTOWN’S unemployment rate fell slightly last month, the latest government figures have shown.
The news follows an announcement last week by Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, that a local engineering company is planning to create 70 new jobs.
TES NI Ltd, which specialises in the design and supply of water treatment facilities, will almost double its workforce in the £2.3 million expansion.
The development will come as welcome news to the Cookstown area, which had a total of 1,128 people claiming unemployment benefits for the month of August.
That meant that 4.7 per cent of the working population were claiming some form of welfare payment.
And, while that represented a fall in the claimant count of 1.4% from July, there was a rise of 2.3% over the year.
There were more men than women out of work in August in the Cookstown district council area.
Meanwhile, in the neighbouring council areas of Magherafelt and Dungannon, there were also slight decreases in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits for the same period of time.
In Magherafelt, there were 1,183 people out of work during August, which represents 4.1% of the working population. This figure represented a fall of 0.5% from the previous month.
And in Dungannon Council area, the jobless rate fell by two per cent to 1,706 people for August. Over the year, this figure showed a fall of two per cent also.
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