OVER 15,000 people are now on the Live Register in Limerick, down more than 2,000 for the same month last year.
The Live Register figures from the Central Statistics Office for July shows that a total of 15,662 people signed on, including 11,537 in Limerick city, 2,247 in Newcastle West and 1,878 in Kilmallock.
Some 2,200 people among the overall figure were aged 25 or under, and 1,233 of those - or some 56% - were men.
In comparison to July 2014, the database shows that the number signing on in the city has fallen by some 1,400; they are down nearly 400 in Kilmallock, and there has also been a drop of nearly 400 in Newcastle West.
The number of women aged under 25 signing on across Limerick has also risen by nearly 100 since the start of the year.
Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan said that the latest figures for Limerick contradict the Government spin that the economy has ‘turned the corner’.
“This would be great news if it was true. Unfortunately an extra 518 have joined the Live register in Limerick city in July alone.
“At a time of year when you would expect employment figures to be going the other direction due to part-time and seasonal work opportunities becoming available, this is a worrying trend.”
Some 30,340 people in the Mid-West are listed on the register for July, among some 343,100 people nationally.