Dole queue back to pre-crash lev­els

DOLE QUEUE 2011: 7,244 DOLE QUEUE 2017: 3,916

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BROUDER

THE num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing on in Tralee is at its low­est point since be­fore the 2008 eco­nomic col­lapse and for the first time in al­most a decade the num­bers on the town’s dole queues have fallen be­low 4,000.

The lat­est Live Reg­is­ter Fig­ures pub­lished by the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice show there were 3,916 peo­ple sign­ing on at the Tralee So­cial Wel­fare Of­fice in Septem­ber.

That’s the low­est fig­ure recorded in the county cap­i­tal since May 2008, just months be­fore the eco­nomic crash and the on­set of the devastating re­ces­sion.

Be­fore the crash, and through­out the boom years, the num­bers sign­ing at the Tralee Wel­fare Of­fice – which also deals with claimants liv­ing in the Castleis­land area – typ­i­cally hov­ered at around 3,000 a month.

From June 2008 on, live reg­is­ter fig­ures soared up­wards month by month, reach­ing a peak of 7,244 in Au­gust 2011. At that time Tralee ac­counted for over 40 per cent of all dole and wel­fare claimants in the county.

While the dole queues haven’t quite re­turned to boom era lev­els, they have dropped 46 per cent from their height at the worst point in the re­ces­sion.

The Septem­ber 2017 live reg­is­ter tally rep­re­sents a drop of 289 on the pre­vi­ous month and a fall of 586 on the pre­vi­ous year. The drop was re­peated across the county with all seven Kerry wel­fare of­fices re­port­ing falls.

THE num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing on in Kerry is at its low­est since be­fore the 2008 eco­nomic col­lapse.

The lat­est Live Reg­is­ter Fig­ures pub­lished by the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice show there were 8,058 peo­ple sign­ing on in Kerry in Septem­ber.

That’s the low­est fig­ure recorded in the county since May 2008, just months be­fore the crash. From June 2008 on live reg­is­ter fig­ures con­tin­u­ously soared up­wards month by month, peak­ing at 17,313 in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

The Septem­ber 2017 live reg­is­ter tally rep­re­sents a drop of 653 on the pre­vi­ous month and a fall of 1,403 on the pre­vi­ous year. All seven so­cial wel­fare of­fices in Kerry recorded month on month drops.

There were 317 peo­ple sign­ing on Ca­her­siveen, a drop of 14. In Din­gle there were 371 on the reg­is­ter a fall of 27. The Ken­mare reg­is­ter fell by seven to 203.

In Kil­lar­ney the reg­is­ter fell by 109 to 1,010. the Kil­lor­glin Reg­is­ter dipped by 46 to 590. In Lis­towel the reg­is­ter fell by 161 to stand at 1651.

The big­gest drop was seen at the Tralee wel­fare of­fice – which cov­ers claimants in the Castleis­land area – where the reg­is­ter fell by 289 to 3,916.

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