Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry has lost 2% of its workforce in four days, the employment minister has said.
Sir Reg Empey's comments followed the loss of almost 1,000 jobs in Belfast at aerospace company Bombardier on Thursday.
Almost 400 other industrial jobs have been lost in NI this week.
"Clearly it is the worst loss of jobs in a week in manufacturing in a long time," he said.
"About 1,400 jobs that we know of are going - it is a huge slice of the manufacturing workforce, about 2%, since Monday.
"By any standards it is a very bad week."
At Bombardier Aerospace a total of 975 staff are losing their jobs, with 310 permanent staff and all 665 agency staff being made redundant its factories.
A company statement said it was cutting aircraft production rates and reducing manpower at all its sites because of an "unprecedented recession".
"We deeply regret the impact this will have on those affected and their families," it said.
"Unfortunately, however, the force of this global recession is unprecedented, market conditions have worsened, and Bombardier is revising downwards most of its aircraft production rates and implementing measures to meet challenges facing the whole aviation industry.
All we as an executive can do is prepare those who have lost their jobs for new employment
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