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EMPLOYMENT

THE amount of people claiming unemployment benefits dropped by 5,929 last year, according to unadjusted figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

That brought the number of people on the live register in the capital to just under 94,000 at the end of December.

The CSO numbers also show there are 14,256 people under 25 in Dublin still on the live register and 80,139 aged 25 and over.

The data has also highlighted just how great the live register divide is between males and females.

In Dublin, there are 8,711 males under the age of 25 on the live register compared with 5,545 females in the same age category.

CONSTRUCTION

IN THE OVER 25 AGE GROUP CATEGORY, THERE WERE 51,633 MALES ON THE LIVE REGISTER AT THE END OF DECEMBER IN DUBLIN. THAT COMPARES WITH 60,344 AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2012.

There were 28,506 females over 25 in Dublin on the register at the end of last month compared to 34,051 at the end of 2012.

Among males, the CSO said the people who form the biggest group on the live register are those whose last jobs were in the construction sector. Plant and machinery operatives, counted separately, form the next biggest live register segment. For females, those in the services sector form the biggest group on the register.

The live register doesn't measure unemployment, as the figures include people working up to three days a week, and also casual and seasonal workers entitled to jobseekers' benefit.


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