Live reg­is­ter fig­ures show sig­nif­i­cant fall in last year

The Argus - - NEWS -

The num­ber of peo­ple on the live reg­is­ter in Louth fell sig­nif­i­cantly year on year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures from the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice (CSO).

In Dun­dalk, there 4,804 peo­ple claim­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits at the end of 2016, down just over 13% from the end of 2015.

This was also one of the low­est fig­ures recorded for the Dun­dalk area over the last decade.

In Louth as a whole, there were 10,917 peo­ple sign­ing on at the end of 2016, again con­sid­er­ably down from the 12,922 which were on the live reg­is­ter twelve months pre­vi­ously.

Again, this is one of the low­est num­bers of peo­ple recorded as sign­ing on in Louth over the last ten years.

There was a slight in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing on in Ardee last month – up 1.8% from 1,300 to 1,324 – with Drogheda fall­ing by 0.3% from 4,803 to 4,789.

Al­though the live reg­is­ter is not a mea­sure of un­em­ploy­ment lev­els, it does give an in­di­ca­tion that the num­ber of peo­ple in work has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the last few years.

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