Trevor Lunn MLA said: “These latest figures show that we need a targeted approach to tackle our high levels of unemployment. The Executive should adopt a Green New Deal as an economic stimulus to increase investment and jobs.
“Schemes such as improving insulation in homes would create jobs for the construction sector that were hit very by the downturn. It would also help reduce people’s fuel bills as well as being good for the environment.
“We should also invest in renewable energy like Scotland has done which has brought major benefits to their economy. We should also look to making Northern Ireland a world leader in the field of the research and development of renewable energy that would bring a large number of jobs and investment.”