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The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

FIG­URES for May re­leased by the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Office (CSO) have re­vealed that the com­bined to­tal num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing the live regis­ter across Cork County had dropped be­low 20,000 for the first time in a decade.

The re­port re­vealed that the num­ber of peo­ple ‘sign­ing on’ at so­cial wel­fare of­fices across the county dur­ing May stood at 19,704. The last time the fig­ure dropped be­low 20,000 was in 2008, when the to­tal stood at 19,552.

The steady de­cline in the num­ber of peo­ple on the regis­ter was mir­rored across north and midCork, with the com­bined May fig­ure for the so­cial wel­fare of­fices in Mal­low, Fer­moy, New­mar­ket and Mac­room stand­ing at 3,871. This is the first time that the fig­ure has dropped be­low 4,000 since 2008, when it stood at 3,632.

How­ever, within just 12-months the 2008 fig­ure had jumped to 7,901, a re­flec­tion of the seis­mic changes the wider Ir­ish econ­omy un­der­went fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’.

These re­ver­ber­a­tions con­tin­ued to be felt across the re­gion into 2010, when the com­bined to­tal of the four of­fices in May of that year stood at a high of 9,340.

Over the en­su­ing year the first fee­ble shoots of re­cov­ery were felt, with the num­ber of peo­ple on the regis­ter at the end of May 2011 drop­ping slightly to 8,921.

Since then the fig­ure for the month of May for the four of­fices has con­tin­ued to drop with each pass­ing year, drop­ping be­low the 8,000 mark in 2014 and 6,000 in 2016, with the fig­ure for May 2017 stand­ing at 4,545.

As of the end of May this year the live regis­ter for Mal­low stood at 1,251, Fer­moy 1,112, New­mar­ket 728 and Mac­room 780.

This rep­re­sents an over­all re­duc­tion across the four of­fices of just over 51 per cent from the peak fig­ure in 2010.

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