Job creation disparity must be addressed – Flanagan
Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan has called on DETI Minister Jonathan Bell to increase efforts to address employment disparity West of the Bann.
Mr Flanagan was commenting following Minister Bell provided him with figures showing that between 2011/’12 & 2014/’15, – 20,451 jobs were created East of Bann while 7,416 were created West of Bann – a ratio of almost 3:1.
Mr Flanagan said:
“While I accept that the 20,451 figure includes the greater Belfast area, a 3:1 ratio shows that more needs to be done in attracting investment West of the Bann.
“I would urge Minister Bell to redouble his efforts to attract increased investment in areas outside of Belfast, which have traditionally been blighted by high unemployment.”