Unemployment figures rise in Limerick city

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE number of people out of work in Limerick city increased again last month according to the latest Live Register figures from the Central Statistics Office.

THE number of people out of work in Limerick city increased again last month according to the latest Live Register figures from the Central Statistics Office.

According to the figures, there are now 16,210 people signing on in Limerick city, which represents and increase of 264 compared to July.

Meanwhile, in Newcastle West, there was a slight drop in the number of people signing on month-on-month. At the end of August the figure stood at 3,564.

In Kilmallock, the unemployment the numbers on the Live Register stands at 2,837 compared to 2,884 last month, which represents a decrease of 47.

Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Mary Harty, said it is “regrettable” the figures are still rising overall, “but this is a reflection of how difficult things are out there.”

“I know myself now three years into it [the recession], that it is biting. People have been trying to eke out of their circumstances, but it has reached crisis point,” she told the Limerick Leader.