Dole queue getting shorter
The number of people signing on the dole fell for a third month in November, official figures revealed today.
Seasonally adjusted claims dropped by 4,200 to 438,800 from the previous month, the Central Statistics Office said in a report on its website today. The unemployment rate slipped to 13.5pc from 13.6pc.
Unemployment more than doubled in the past two years pushing the country's budget deficit to around 12pc of gross domestic product this year.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will outline a budget on December 7, the first step in a four-year plan to cut the deficit to 3pc of GDP by 2014.
On an unadjusted basis, jobless claims fell by 4,551 to 425,002 in November from the previous month.
Seven out of 10 occupational groups recorded a decline in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, today’s report showed.
The largest drop was in the professional group, where claims fell by 6pc, followed by the clerical and secretarial group, where claims were down 3.9pc.