Northern Ireland

Invest NI reveals new jobs and grants figures for council areas

Invest NI has published job creation and grant figures for each of Northern Ireland's council areas.

They show that in 2014/15, businesses in the Belfast council area received £85m, more than twice as much as any other council.

That included support for large expansions by firms like Citibank and PwC.

The lowest amount of grant aid went to Causeway Coast and Glens, which received £2m.

Belfast also saw the highest number of jobs created at 2,678.

Ards and North Down had the lowest number of jobs created at 286.

The highest levels of grants and job creation were concentrated in the main commercial and industrial areas of Belfast, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Mid Ulster.

Derry and Strabane is fifth in terms of grants awarded and jobs created.

Full breakdown of figures:

  • Fermanagh and Omagh: £4m; 377 jobs created
  • Belfast: £85m; 2,678 jobs created
  • Ards and North Down: £3m; 286 jobs created
  • Causeway Coast and Glens: £2m; 364 new jobs created
  • Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon: £35m; 1,411 new jobs
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey: £15m; 900 new jobs
  • Derry and Strabane £13m; 803 jobs created
  • Mid and East Antrim: £6m; 316 new jobs
  • Mid Ulster: £19m; 980 jobs created
  • Newry, Mourne, Down: £12m; 721 new jobs
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh: £5m; 504 jobs

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