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July unemployment figures see increase

July’s unemployment figures saw an increase with a high number of returning students signing onto the unemployment register.

At the end of the month unemployment stood at 1017, representing a rate of 2.3%

During the month 255 signed on and 230 signed off, giving an increase of 25 in the total
registered unemployed.

It was also identified that the spike was down to a number of individuals having left or lost jobs in retailing and catering.

There are still a total of 460 vacancies notified to the Job Centre, with 196 positions still vacant and held on file.


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