High­est rise in un­em­ploy­ment

Bray People - - News -

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.

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