Jobs bonanza boost for Dungannon

Dungannon Enterprise Centre
Dungannon Enterprise Centre

Further evidence has emerged of Dungannon’s economic miracle with the news that the district council area had the greatest number of new jobs created over the past year in Northern Ireland, excluding Belfast.

A total of 606 new posts were filled in the Dungannon District area last year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Enterprise, which is more than three times that of neighbouring district councils Cookstown (177) and Omagh (147).

Only Belfast had a higher total with 2,049 new jobs created.

Dungannon’s job expansion exceeded that of more densely populated urban areas such as Derry, which had 438 new jobs and Craigavon with 450 posts.

The district has enjoyed a strong streak of job creation in the past few years with significant growth in the engineering and food industry sectors, making the local district the most productive industrial centre West of the Bann.

The resilience of the Dungannon economy is also demonstrated by the fact that the area has experienced a surge in new businesses which have left the town’s four business parks with long waiting lists.