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Island unemployment falls to 0.8% in March

Almost 350 jobless - 253 of which are men

The number of people out of work on the Island has fallen.

Figures for March show there were 349 people unemployed, which is a decrease of 22 from February, and 50 fewer than March 2018.

This month's labour market report shows the unemployment rate now stands at 0.8%, down from 0.9% in February.

Meanwhile, the Office of National Statistics in the UK says the unemployment rate across the water is 3.9%.

Men make up the majority of the unemployed here, with 253 out of work, compared to just 96 women.

The sectors with the highest numbers of unemployed persons are 'other business services', 'retail distribution' and 'unskilled construction'.

Catering and entertainment remains the sector with the highest number of vacancies - 144 in March - followed by medical and health services. which had 84 positions unfilled.

Regionally, the west is best with just 24 people jobless.

Looking at long-term trends, the figures represent a continuation of a dramatic improvement in employment since 2013 - in March that year, more than 1,200 people were without work.

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