THE number of people out of work in Limerick rose once again during the month of December, new statistics have confirmed.
Figures just released through the Central Statistics Office reveal that some 188 people joined the Live Register in the city during December.
Some 12,402 people are now queuing for social welfare payments at Limerick’s dole office in Dominic Street.
This is a rise from 12,214 at the end of November, and comes in spite of retailers taking on extra staff in what is traditionally the busiest shopping period of the year.
But over the last 12 months, the number of people out of work in Limerick has fallen from 13,500.
Although much of this may be down to emigration, Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan welcomed this eight per cent fall in unemployment numbers.
“This is welcome news and shows that the city is attracting investment – both foreign and domestic. While the reduction is very welcome there are still more than 12,000 people signing on the live register in Limerick, and we must continue to work to see find good quality employment for those looking for work,” she said.
However, she insisted that job creation remains the government’s “number one priority” in 2014.
Across the county, there are 17,539 people out of work.
This represents an increase from 17,205 month-on-month.
There are 391,511 people out of work across all of Ireland. This is an increase from 391,507 in November.