Northern Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen below the UK average to 4%, its lowest point since 2008. According to the latest official figures, the number of people claiming jobless-related benefits dropped by 100 in October, to 29,300. The headline total has now decreased for 20 consecutive months. The UK's unemployment rate is 4.3% and Northern Ireland has not been below it for four years.
Ryanair is to change the airport it uses when its flights between Belfast International and London resume. It is switching services from Gatwick to Stanstead from 1 March. Ryanair flights to Gatwick, which began last year, were halted at the start of November as part of wider schedule changes. It originally got the Belfast-Gatwick slots as part of conditions attached to the International Airline Group (IAG) takeover of Aer Lingus.
Belfast has slipped from 5th to 30th position in two years in a ranking of the economic performance of UK cities. The study from PwC says while Belfast has seen "good job-creation", lower wages and poorer productivity are among the factors behind its fall. It ranks 42 cities based on economic performance and quality of life. It adds Brexit will have "a profound impact" on Northern Ireland and the "challenges facing Derry are particularly acute".
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".