Drop in the local unemployment rate

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THE queue at the job centre got considerably shorter in September with news that 109 people in Craigavon stopped claiming unemployment related benefits.

It represented at 3.4% drop in the unemployment rate during September, to leave the overall rate in Craigavon at 5.8%, just above the Northern Ireland average of 5%.

During the past 12 months the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits rose by 169, however, without September’s drop this would have been closer to 300.

There are a total of 3,088 claimants in the Craigavon area - 2,145 men and 943 women.

In the 12 months leading to September there have been 87 redundancies in the area.