Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Phil Flanagan Phil Flanagan Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 12th March 2013

Go raibh maith agat, a Phríomh-LeasCheann Comhairle.  I thank the Minister for his answer.  It would be a stretch, even for me, to try to get a question about recruitment to the British Army in here, so I will ask him a sensible question. 

Given that the most recent figures for labour market statistics here indicate that around 68% of the people who are unemployed, which is about 68,000 people, have been unemployed for over a year, can the Minister give us an assurance that the Executive have got control of the growing rates of unemployment?  Or is it something that we have not got control of yet and on which much more needs to be done?