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This is a decline of 44,356 compared to the February 2016 figures

This is a decline of 44,356 compared to the February 2016 figures

This is a decline of 44,356 compared to the February 2016 figures

The numbers of people signing on has fallen 2,800 compared with the figures record for January.

According to the latest CSO figures, this is a decline of 44,356 compared to the February 2016 figures.

The number of persons on the live register in February 2017 is the lowest number recorded since November 2008.

At the end of February, there were 117,048 long term claimants, over 40pc fewer than the peak crisis number of 201,513 in August 2012.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said the figures "shows continued progress in transitioning people into employment".

"It is especially welcome when the figures are compared to February 2016 – 44,356 less people on the Register now. I’m also pleased to see the regional breakdown for this latest Live Register shows a reduction of at least 10pc in all counties.

"We’ve seen the largest declines to date this year in Border, Midlands and South East counties which is very good news." 

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