Dole queue back to pre-crash levels
DOLE QUEUE 2011: 7,244 DOLE QUEUE 2017: 3,916
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.