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Saturday 24 August 2019

Number signing on at lowest level since 2008


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Allison Bray

The number of people signing on last month was the lowest since the peak of the Celtic Tiger in February 2008, the latest figures from the CSO reveal.

The Live Register, published yesterday, showed a seasonally adjusted decrease of 100 claimants over the previous month, bringing the number of claimants to 190,300 - the lowest level since February 2008.

The register reflects the number of people on Jobseekers' Allowance, including those working part-time as well as seasonal and casual workers.

The unadjusted figures from the CSO reveal there were 206,396 people signing on the Live Register last month, down 12pc over July 2018.

The number of people aged 25 and over on the Live Register since the beginning of the year dropped by 11.8pc to 24,551 while the number of under-25s on the Live Register also dropped by 13.5pc to 3,498.

The number of Live Register claimants under the age of 25 now stands at 10.9pc, down marginally from 11.1pc in July 2018 and 11.7pc in July 2017.

Meanwhile, female claimants accounted for the largest segment of the 24,210 new registrants on the Live Register, representing 61.5pc or 14,896 workers, while men made up 38.5pc or 9,314 new registrants.

Irish Independent

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