THE number of people out of work in Limerick has risen sharply in the last month.
According to figures just released by the Central Statistics Office, there are some 13,434 people out of work in the city area.
This represents a rise of 330 from the 13,104 people signing on at the end of May.
Meanwhile, across the county, there is a rise of some 483 people claiming social welfare - from 18,688 at the end of May to 19,151 now.
The majority of those queuing up are men under the age of 25.
Some 135 men and women under 25 are claiming.
Sinn Fein’s northside councillor Maurice Quinlivan says the figures are “disappointing but not surprising.”
“Despite the repeated claims from the government the live register shows that austerity is failing. We are promised stability and all that has been achieved is continued high levels of unemployment. Limerick is particularly affected. Not enough jobs are being created. Far too many people are becoming long-termed unemployed and too many of young are leaving for other countries,” he said.
He added the fact that the unemployment rate has not reduced since the government came to power shows that its agenda is not working.
Limerick has a total of 17 unemployment black-spots - the highest for any local authority area in the country. Nationally, 435,357 people are on the live register.