The number of employee jobs in Northern Ireland reached a new record high of 778,240 in March, official figures suggest.

That represents growth of 2% – or 15,580 jobs – compared to March 2018.

Most of the growth came from the services sector, which grew over the year by 1.9% or 11,930 jobs.

The private sector in total added more than 13,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.4%, to a record high of 569,460.

Annual jobs growth in the public sector was 1% or 2,040 jobs to 208,480.

There are now 19,700 fewer public sector jobs compared to the peak in September 2009.

Three sectors dominate

The figures come from the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES), which surveys about 6,000 companies.

The survey covers all employers with 25 or more employees

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