THE number of people out of work in County Limerick has fallen slightly this month, new figures show.
Data from the Central Statistics Office shows that there are now 20,332 signing on for benefits at all three unemployment exchanges in Limerick.
This represents a drop of 64 people from the figure at the end of January, which was 20,396.
The biggest drop was recorded in the city, with some 40 people leaving the live register.
At the end of February, some 14,296 people were signing on for benefits in Dominic Street. This compares to 14,336 at the end of January.
Elsewhere, Kilmallock’s social welfare office saw some 2,658 people - three people more than in January.
And in Newcastle West, there were 3,378 people claiming welfare. This is a drop from 3,405 at the end of January.
At the Listowel unemployment office in Co Kerry, a centre used by many Limerick residents in border areas, the number of people signing on dropped from 3,214 at the end of January, to 3,159 at the end of February.
Across Ireland, the number of people out of work has dropped to 439,422.