More than 10,000 redundancies in NI since start of COVID-19 pandemic in March

More than 10,000 redundancies have been proposed by Northern Ireland firms since March, according to official statistics from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

By Gemma Murray
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 9:42 am

That is the highest number ever recorded.

Northern Ireland’s unemployment rate is now 3.9% - 1.6% more than the same time last year and an increase of 0.9% over the quarter.

Companies proposed 1,370 lay offs in November, which is an increase on the previous month.

The total number of proposed redundancies for the last 12 months was 10,720 - more than double the number recorded in the previous 12 months.

About half of proposed redundancies were in manufacturing, and wholesale and retail.

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