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Sunday 18 February 2018

Numbers signing on Live Register falls - CSO

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

THE number of people signing on the live register fell by almost 27,000 last month.

However, many of those leaving the live register were teachers taking up jobs in September or students enrolling in courses, meaning the seasonally adjusted fall was much lower at just 400.

Some 429,335 people are now on the dole, and the unemployment rate is unchanged at 14.8pc, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

That is 8,106 fewer than this time last year and the overall trend continues to be one of movement within a small range, the CSO said.

The number of longterm claimants continued to rise with 192,778 people or 44.9pc of the total signing on for a year or more.

That's a 5pc increase in longterm unemployment since the same time last year.

The number of people aged under 25 on the Live Register continued to fall as it has every month for two years - and this is believed to be linked to high emigration and further education amongst this agegroup.

There are now 73,698 people under 25 signing on, which is down over 7,000 since this time last year.

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