JOB LOSS figures are expected to rise for some time in Northern Ireland as the country continues to grapple with Covid-19.
Economists are predicting further redundancies over the coming weeks and months despite record job loss numbers being recorded in Northern Ireland in June - with 2,473 in total according to Statistics body NISRA.
An incredible 83 jobs a day were lost across the country during June with economists warning that unemployment will soar when government employment schemes end later this year.
The news comes in the wake of Co. Down-based aerospace company announcing that it is cutting 235 jobs, almost a quarter of its workforce.
In a statement, the company pointed the finger at Covid-19's "impact on demand for aerospace production" as reasons for the redundancies.
SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley described it as a "devastating blow" to the local economy.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said "this is a critical step to ensuring that Collins Aerospace emerges strong once this crisis is contained".
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