THE number of people out of work in Limerick has risen by almost 1,000 month on month.
Data just released by the Central Statistics Office show the number of people out of work in Limerick shifting up to 14,313 at the end of December.
This is a rise of some 870 people since the end of November, with the majority being men over the age of 25.
Southside city councillor Ger Fahy of Fine Gael said the rise is “surprising” given the fact many stores would have taken on extra staff at Christmas.
However, he said that 2013 should finally be the year when Limerick starts to see a reduction in its live register figures.
“The Minister [Michael Noonan] is to announce the creation of 400 jobs at the former site of the Dell factory, and obviously the very fact we have reduced commercial rates by five per cent, this is very positive, and should help local businesses create more jobs,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.
Cllr Fahy also pointed to the fact that many projects will come on stream during 2013, in preparation for Limerick’s Year as City of Culture.
“Obviously, this means lots of projects will be carried out during this year to promote Limerick, which will create extra jobs, and obviously this will improve the city and its surrounds, a move which will attract more people into the city,” he said, “Limerick is looking more positive.”