THE number of people signing on in Kerry increased slightly last month with close to 300 people joining the county's dole queues.
The worst affected areas were the county's tourism hotspots where many seasonal jobs have been lost following the conclusion of the summer tourism high season.
The latest Live Register Figures for Kerry released by the Central Statistics Office this week show that there were 15,803 people signing on in the county's seven social welfare offices last month, an increase of 280 on the figure for September.
The largest increase came in Killarney where 173 people joined the register in October, an increase typically seen at around this time every year as the tourist season winds down.
Other busy tourist areas also saw increases of between ten and twenty percent.
The Kenmare Live register increase by 90 to stand at 614 while in Dingle the number of people signing on increased by 62 to 733.
Cahersiveen in South Kerry remained static with 666 people on the register there. Killorglin saw a slight increase with four additional people signing on bringing its local register to 1,225.
The situation in North Kerry also remained relatively stable. In Tralee, where the figures also include Castleisland, the local register went up up by 19 and now stands at 6,361. In Listowel the register went up by 22 and is now 2,968.