The number of people signing on for social welfare benefits fell by 2,800 in February, according to figures released today by the Central Statistic Office (CSO)
The data show that the number of people on the live register last month fell by of 44,356. There were a total of 117,048 live claimants last month. That number reveals that there has been a 40pc drop in the number of people signing on since the peak of the crisis in 2012.
The number of people on the live register is now at its lowest level since 2008.
“We’ve seen the largest declines to date this year in Border, Midlands and South East counties which is very good news. Cumulatively, that’s evidence of real and substantial progress,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor.
“There is more work to be done to spread the benefit wider regionally and I am committed, with my Department and Government, to create the best possible environment to sustain and grow jobs across Ireland,” the minister added.