Friday 18 January 2019

Big drop in dole queues

Maria Herlihy

There is a combined drop of over 20 per cent in people signing on in both Macroom and Newmarket Social Welfare offices over the last year. 

On the Live Register in Newmarket, the number of people signing on has reduced by 10.43 per cent. 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed said that since taking office in February 2011, the Live Register in Newmarket has decreased by 60 per cent. "This equates to 1,162 people who have returned to employment for the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live."

In Macroom, there has been a drop by 10.49 per cent in the last year. 

Over the last seven years, there is a decrease by 54 per cent, which equates to 968 people who have returned to work in the region. Nationally unemployment rates have fallen from a peak of 16 per cent in 2012 to 6 per cent in March 2018.

"When compared to this time last year, we can see almost 20,000 people back at work," said Minister Creed. 

"Unemployment was arguably the worst consequences of our economic crisis as it caused terrible financial and personal stress in households right across the country," he said.