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Jobless rate holds at 14pc

THE unemployment rate remained at 14pc last month.

The review of the labour market found a total of 417,593 signing on for benefits in April, down more than 12,000 over the course of the last 12 months.

The Central Statistics Office said the number of long-term unemployed stood at 186,063 last month.

According to the live register report, the number of men signing on has fallen by 12,391 to 265,017 over the last year while the number of women on the dole showed little change, at 152,576 in the same period.