Live Register figure for Dundalk increased for the first time this year in May
The number of people signing on the Live Register in Dundalk last month increased for the first time this year.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 4,756 people claiming dole payments in Dundalk in April. This was up 2.9% from the 4,624 who were on the Live Register in April, putting it back to its highest level since January.
Despite the increase, year-on-year the number on the Live Register in Dundalk is down 11.2% from the 5,354 who were on it in April 2016. This is the same year-on-year change as the previous month suggesting that seasonal factors are behind the latest increase.
The number of people on the Live Register in Dundalk is at its lowest since December 2008 when there were 4,547 on it.
Figures for Co Louth also increased by 1.4% last month from 10,363 to 10,511.
This represented an annual decrease of 14.4% from the 12,275 who were on the Live Register in the county in May last year.
The number on the Live Register in Louth remains at its lowest since October 2008.
The number on the Live Register in Ardee and Drogheda also increased last month by 1.1% and 0.1% respectively to 1,250 and 4,505.