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Employment: Private Sector

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many private sector jobs were created in Northern Ireland between 2001 and 2006; and how many were in the (a) Belfast travel to work area and (b) rest of Northern Ireland. (122692)

Information on the number of jobs created is not available. However, figures from the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) can be used to estimate the net change in employee job levels in the private sector at the Northern Ireland level between 2001 and 2006. The number of employee jobs in the private sector in Northern Ireland at September 2001 and September 2006 is shown in the table as follows. This data are not available by travel-to-work area.

Number of private sector employee jobs in Northern Ireland 2001 and 2006

Private sector jobs

September 2001


September 2006


Net change

+ 31,180


Figures are not seasonally adjusted and are rounded to the nearest 10.


Quarterly Employment Survey, DETI.