THE number of people unemployed across Limerick has once again fallen, with 20,729 people claiming social welfare county-wide.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people claiming social welfare in Limerick City has dropped to 14,589 - a fall of almost 200 month-on-month.
This represents a drop of almost 1,000 from the more than 15,500 people signing on at the end of February 2010. But the statistics mask the reality of people leaving Ireland in search of work overseas.
Limerick County Council Cathaoirleach Richard Butler welcomed the reduction in unemployment - but repeated his call for work to get under way on the labour-intensive areas of regeneration quickly.
“To see any kind of decline in figures has to be welcomed whether it is small or large. There could be several reasons for this, and emigration is just one of them. If money becomes available now, it has to be foisted into regeneration. The sooner these construction jobs get under way the better, because it is these which will create jobs in future,” he said.
Across the county, the dole queue in Newcastle West fell from 3,495 to 3,443. And the queue for benefits in Kilmallock went down from 2,756 to 2,697.