Unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for 21 months in a row. Official figures show a drop of 300 people claiming job-related benefits in November to 29,000. Other figures show the production sector of the economy fell by 3.6% between July and September. Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency said it is because of a big fall in the food, beverages and tobacco sector, which is down 18% over the quarter and 39% over the year.
US technology firm Cayan is creating 170 new jobs in Northern Ireland. It set up in Northern Ireland in 2013 and expects to employ 240 people here by 2019. The new posts will be customer service roles based in Belfast. Invest NI said this investment will generate over £3.2m in annual salaries for the local economy. Recruitment is already under way with just over 100 of the roles already in place.
Construction jobs are at risk because of the absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland, according to the Construction Employers' Federation. Public spending on infrastructure projects makes up an important part of workloads for construction firms. Without it, bosses are concerned they are going to have to lay off staff. The CEF said some projects have already been stalled, including the Belfast Streets Ahead project that was due to start this year.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".