Numbers on Live Register in Limerick fall by 14%

David Hurley

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Numbers on Live Register in Limerick fall by 14%

There were 6,840 signing on in Limerick city at the end of March

The number of people on the Live Register in Limerick has dropped by 14% over the last 12 months.

Figures from the Central Statistic Office show there were 9,232 peope on the Live Register in Limerick at the end of March – compared to 10,766 in March 2017.

The figure is also slightly down on the 9.338 people who were signing on locally at the end of February.

Of those signing on in Limerick at the end of last month, 6,840 were doing so in the city; 1,168 in Kilmallock and 1,224 in Newcastle West.

More than 12% (1,118) were aged under 25.

A total of 5,658 men were signing on in Limerick compared to 3,574 were women.

Welcoming the figures, Senator Maria Byrne said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Limerick has reduced by 14% in the last year.  This equates to 1,534 more people who are back in work”.

The Fine Gael general election candidate added:  “Unemployment was arguably the worst consequence of our economic crisis as it caused terrible financial and personal stress in households across the country. Driving down unemployment is part of our overall goal to support families and strengthen communities right across the country.”