Unemployment rises across Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE numbers of people out of work in the city has risen sharply in the last month, new statistics show.

THE numbers of people out of work in the city has risen sharply in the last month, new statistics show.

According to figures just released from the Central Statistics Office, there are now 15,537 people queuing for unemployment benefits from the Dominic Street welfare office.

At the end of June, that figure stood at 14,801. This comes despite the IDA announcing the creation of over 300 jobs in the last three months.

In the county, the news is not much better with 6,191 people out of work, making a total in Limerick of 21,728 unemployed.

Of the county figures, 2,759 claimed unemployment benefits from Kilmallock’s office, while 3,432 applied at Newcastle West.

The number of people now unemployed nationwide stands at 457,948 - up from 440,947 month-on-month. But it is hoped that Limerick’s unemployment rate could drop next month as the labour-ready elements of the regeneration programme begin to take place in Cliona Park.

And a similar scheme for the southside is expected to get the go-ahead in September, creating 75 construction jobs.