Highest rise in unemployment
AS BRAY’S dole queue grows visibly week after week, it has emerged that Wicklow, as part of the mid-east region including Kildare and Meath, has seen the highest rise in unemployment rates over the last year.
While the live register has increased in Bray by 45 per cent since last Semptember, matters have improved slightly in the last month, with a 1.5 per cent decrease in the numbers of people signing on locally.
This is according to figures released by the CSO which say that numbers signing on in the mid- eastern area have jumped by 64 per cent since September of last year. By comparison Dublin, which is measured as a separate region, experienced the smallest percentage increase in live register figures over the past year, at 40 per cent.
Overall, the live register has jumped by almost 50 per cent over the last year.
Some 79,565 people have signed on over the past year, taking the total number of claimants to 240,217.
The live register is a system based on the number of claimants for the jobseekers’ benefit, applicants for the jobseekers’ allowance and applicants for credited social welfare contributions.