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Jobless figure lowest since 2008

Over 48,000 unemployed people got jobs in the last year as the number of people out of work plummeted to its lowest point in nine years.

There are now 2,063,000 people in employment as the rate of joblessness fell for the 20th time in a row, according to new official figures.
There are now 136,700 people out of work – the lowest number since the second quarter of 2008, according to the Central Statistics Office data. But the data reveals the growth in employment was lower than expected and there are clear signs the Border region is struggling due to Brexit.

Ibec economist Alison Wrynn noted employment in the Border region grew by over 1pc last year but fell in the first half of this year. Ms Wrynn said this may be the first sign Brexit is having a negative affect on the labour market.

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