Tuesday 24 April 2018

Numbers signing on lowest in nearly a decade

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The number of people signing on last month was the lowest recorded on a seasonally adjusted basis since August 2008.

According to the latest CSO figures, the numbers on the Live Register in November 2017 totalled 244,300, a monthly decrease of 2,600 (-1.1pc).

In unadjusted terms, 233,209 people signed on the Live Register last month, representing an annual drop of 39,951 (-14.6pc).

The number of men signing on fell by 2,000 (-1.4pc) on a monthly basis compared with a decrease of 700 in the number of women (0.7pc).

On an annual basis, the number of people aged 25 and over signing on fell by 34,090 (-14.1pc), and those aged below 25 fell by 5,861 (-19pc). The percentage of those aged under 25 on the register now stands at 10.7pc for November 2017 - a drop from 11.3pc in November 2016 and 12.4pc in November 2015.

The National Youth Council of Ireland welcomed the decrease, but is concerned over the number of young people who are unemployed long term.

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