Latest Live Register is clear sign economic recovery extending across Ireland - Varadkar


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Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said the latest CSO live register figures indicate that unemployment is falling across Ireland, in all counties, and not just in the main urban areas.  Indeed the largest falls in the year to date are in counties on the border, the midlands and south east.

“The regional breakdown for the latest live register shows a clear reduction in the live register in all counties of at least 10%. While the economic recovery and job creation initially took hold in the cities, people are now coming off the live register in significant numbers in regional and rural areas as well,” Minister Varadkar said.

Today’s figures show that the Live Register for February 2017 is 275,093, representing a drop of 44,356 on February 2016.  Compared with February 2015, this is a drop of over 79,000.

“The data for individual counties shows that jobs are being offered – and taken - in many more parts of Ireland. But it also indicates that people are getting job ready and acquiring the skills needed to find work. The live register is still falling more quickly in some parts of Ireland than others. Many areas are still blighted by the economic crash, and the Government must remain focused on job creation. Ireland still faces significant risks such as Brexit and the rise of anti-globalisation politics around the world.  But the overall trend is very positive in both urban and rural areas, which is very encouraging.”

The number of long-term unemployed is also continuing to fall. At the end of February, 117,048 people on the Live Register had been unemployed for 12 months or more.  That is over 40% fewer than what it had been at the peak of the recession in August 2012 when it stood at over 201,500.  Compared with February 2015, it represents a drop of 162,700.  

The Minister confirmed earlier this week that he is considering setting more ambitious unemployment targets after another set of figures from the CSO showed a significant fall in unemployment in the last 12 months. Unemployment now stands at 6.6%, down from 8.4% in February 2016.

Further information

Monthly and annual comparisons—Live Register figures

2015

2016

2017

Year-on-year

January

358,376

321,513

276,892

-44,621

February

354,858

319,449

275,093

-44,356

Month-on-month

-3,518

-2,064

-1,799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map shows change per county (%) from February 2011 - 2017

 

County

Feb-11

Feb-16

Feb-17

% Change 2011 to 2017

Carlow

6777

5400

4465

-34%

Cavan

7475

5407

4533

-39%

Clare

10814

7577

6810

-37%

Cork

45417

29625

24893

-45%

Donegal

21917

16114

14036

-36%

Dublin

104526

76506

66354

-37%

Galway

23604

15933

14090

-40%

Kerry

17313

12503

10863

-37%

Kildare

18197

13742

11207

-38%

Kilkenny

7524

5439

4428

-41%

Laois

8546

6735

5834

-32%

Leitrim

3640

2578

2335

-36%

Limerick

21038

13249

11032

-48%

Longford

5312

3954

3443

-35%

Louth

17744

12739

10831

-39%

Mayo

13426

9884

8858

-34%

Meath

12049

7559

6353

-47%

Monaghan

6508

4456

3683

-43%

Offaly

9234

7136

5951

-36%

Roscommon

4133

3154

2824

-32%

Sligo

5543

4230

3825

-31%

Tipperary

16891

12928

11325

-33%

Waterford

14087

10463

9127

-35%

Westmeath

10392

8351

7370

-29%

Wexford

19565

14300

12511

-36%

Wicklow

12627

9487

8112

-36%

All

444299

319449

275093

-38%

 

Last modified:02/03/2017