Catholics more likely to be unemployed, but gap closing

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Working-age Roman Catholics are more likely than Protestants to be unemployed, but the gap is closing, official figures have revealed.

A workforce religion report published yesterday by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) reveals that the most recent data shows that 75 per cent of working-age Protestants are in work, as opposed to 70 per cent of their Catholic counterparts.

The report, which covers 2012, also shows that although the differences between Catholic and Protestant employment chances are now much less significant, Catholics still make up a majority (52 per cent) of the unemployed — despite making up just 45 per cent of the population.


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