Live register increases in July
The number of people on the live register in Dundalk has continued to rise over the last few months, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
At the end of July there were 5,023 people claiming unemployment benefits in Dundalk, the third monthly increase, and jump of 4% on the numbers at the end of June.
The mid summer live register report showed that the number on the dole queue reached a yearly peak in Dundalk, with an increase of 8.6% since April.
But this was still a 10% drop on the number of claimants in the summer of 2016.
In Louth as a whole, it was a similar picture with 11,037 people on the live register, up 3.4% on the previous month.
There were much smaller rises in Drogheda and Ardee than in the Dundalk area over the last few months.
Drogheda continues to have a lower figure overall than Dundalk with 4,716, up by 3.1% on the live register at the end of July.
In mid Louth there were 1,298 claimants in Ardee, which was just a marginal increase of 0.2% over the end of June findings.