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Latest job figures highlights North Wests economic isolation

16 September, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Latest job figures highlights North Wests economic isolation

Sinn Féin MAL for Foyle Martina Anderson has stated that the figures of joblessness released today only reinforces the sense of isolation that people living in the North West are experiencing.

Speaking today Ms Anderson said:

“While I understand that the economic downturn is affecting us all the figures released today show that 5,000 people in Derry, which amounts to 7.2% of the working population, are unemployed. Furthermore 6.7% in Strabane and 6.5% in Limavady are currently unemployed. This only serves to reinforce the sense of economic isolation that people living in the North West are suffering.

“The years of massive underinvestment into the area and the lack of a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach by bodies such as Invest NI have only exacerbated this problem.

“We need to see strong and decisive incentives and initiative placed before the Executive. A good example is the new A5 Western Transport Corridor project that will bring greater access to the North West, provide much needed employment and infrastructural links and breakdown the economic isolation that is a reality.

“However, there are further investment opportunities that must be explored by other departments such as an increase of inward investment and the possibility of decentralisation of governmental and statutory bodies to areas west of the Bann that will provide long-term employment opportunities. “

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