THE number of people in Limerick signing on for social welfare benefits has fallen by more than 250 month on month.
Figures just released by the Central Statistics Office reveal there are now 10,412 people on the Live Register in Limerick City.
This is a drop from 10,665 at the end of February.
In the county, the news is even better, with a fall in jobless numbers of some 354 people month on month.
There are now 14,409 people claiming social welfare county wide.
The figures have been welcomed by government politicians, including Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan who pointed out the Live Register has dropped by 14% in Limerick over the last year.
“There are very real signs that economic growth is returning, consumer confidence is growing and most importantly jobs are being created. In the past year more than 1,000 jobs have been announced in the Limerick area. These jobs ensure more wage packets are being spent in the local area and local business can also grow,” she said.
The Limerick City TD pointed out that back in March 2011, there were 14,589 people out of work or on short-time hours.
“Now that figure is 10,412. It is good progress but we need to see more quality jobs created in 2015,” she added.
Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell pointed out the live register is at its lowest level since Dell cut two-thirds of its manufacturing staff in January 2009.
“The Mid-West saw a bigger annual percentage drop in the live register last month than any other region in the country,” he added.