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Number of people on dole falls for second month in a row – new figures

NEW figures show the number of people signing on fell by 3,200 to 439,600 last month.

This was the second monthly fall in a row while the unemployment rate also fell slightly to 14.2pc from 14.3pc in December, according to the Central Statistics Office.

More men stopped signing on than women – 2,300 and 800 respectively.

The number of women on the Live Register increased by 3.3pc over the past month while the number of men fell by 2.8pc.

The Live Register includes some part-time and seasonal workers and is not a measure of unemployment.

The headline Live Register figure, which does not take seasonal factors into account, rose by just over 4,800 to 439,589.

According to the CSO, there has also been a downward trend in the number of people under 25 signing on.

“At face value, the unemployment data indicate some improvement since the third quarter of 2011,” said Conall MacCoille, chief economist at Davy Stockbrokers.

“However, the unemployment rate remains broadly similar to the January 2011 level of 14.3pc.”

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