Unemployment rate remains unchanged
The unemployment rate remained at 14.7pc last month despite a slight fall in the total numbers signing on the dole.
Official figures revealed 441,193 people were on the Live Register in March - down about 3,100 from February.
The seasonally adjusted figure shows there are 1,100 more signing on compared to March 2010.
The Central Statistics Office said one third of those signing on are long-term unemployed and experts warned the number of men out of work and seeking the dole soared by 40,068, or 48.5pc, in the past 12 months.