THE number of people signing on the Live Register in Limerick dropped by 68 during August, new figures show.
Information from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people signing on in Limerick fell from from 21,333 to 21,265.
In the city, the number of people out of work has dropped from 15,194 to 15,162, a drop of 32 people month-on-month.
However, Fianna Fail TD Willie Oâ€™Dea described this fall as a â€œpaltry returnâ€ for all the governmental initiatives.
â€œFor all the initiatives, jobs budgets, the booklets on job creation, it is a fairly paltry return, particularly in view of the fact immigration is high, and is running at a disproportionate rate in the Mid-West,â€ he said.
He said people are also â€œhiding outâ€ from the statistics by staying longer in the education system.
â€œIf you take this and immigration, the true unemployment figure would be absolutely frightening,â€ he said.
He said he expected more from the government, which is now 18 months in office.
â€œWhen they came to power, they said they were going to create jobs: job creation was going to be their key. They had a 100 day programme. They talk consistently about jobs: their jobs initiative, jobs budget, jobs programme. But it is all talk. The proof of the pudding is in the eating - you can see the proof, unemployment is the highest in Europe, and there is no improvement.â€
The unemployment figure in Limerick has remained relatively steady year-on-year.
In August 2011, some 22,611 people were out of work. This was more than 1,000 more than are out of work now.