Live register figures show significant fall in last year
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.