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1,500 applicants for 92 new jobs

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The Knocknagoney branch is taking on another 92 employees

A major store chain recruiting staff for a County Down branch had 1,500 applications for 92 jobs.

And 900 would-be recruits in Northern Ireland have signed up to join the army since April - that is double the number for the same period last year.

Army recruiters say the economic depression is one reason for the surge and, despite the death toll, the war in Afghanistan is another.

At Tesco, extra staff have been taken on at the Knocknagoney store.

Tesco NI director Gary Mills said 275 people has been employed at Carrickfergus, Newtownbreda and Knocknagoney in the last six months.

He said the company now employed 9,500 people in its Northern Ireland supermarkets.

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