Tuesday 22 October 2019

County's live register figure for July at 12-year low

Bill Browne

Central Statistics Office figures for July have revealed the number of people on the live register across Cork County during the month was at its lowest level for 12 years.

The figures have show the total number of people 'signing on' at social welfare offices across the county during July stood at 17,246, its lowest level since 2007, when the monthly figure stood at 17,360. 

However, the following year that total had jumped to 23,581, a very real and tangible reflection of the wider seismic changes experienced in employment and the wider Irish economy following the collapse of the so-called 'Celtic Tiger'. 

Over the following years, the July totals on the live register continued to climb, peaking at 47,818 in 2010.

The gradual recovery across the employment sector has seen the monthly totals fall over each consecutive year since, with the figure for last month down by more than 3,689 when compared to 12 months earlier. 

The steady fall in the live register numbers has been reflected across north and mid-Cork, with the combined July 2019 figure for the social welfare offices in Mallow, Fermoy, Newmarket and Macroom standing at 3,720. 

This was the first time that the combined total for the four offices in July had dropped below 4,000 since 2007, when it stood at 3,081. The following year that total had risen to 4,413, with the figure in July of 2009 almost doubling to 8,757.

The July total peaked in 2010 at 9,988 and since then has continued to drop, albeit slowly over the first couple of years, with more dramatic reductions each year since 2014. 

As at the end of July this year, the combined total for the four offices of 3,720 was broken down to 1,179 in Mallow, 1,119 in Fermoy, 742 in Newmarket and 680 in Macroom. 

This represents an overall reduction across the four offices of almost 63 per cent from the peak figure in 2010.

Nationally, the number of people on the live register at the end of July stood at 217,800 representing an annual decrease of 28,049 when compared to the same time last year.