Dundalk as it Happens
Live Register figure remains high in Dundalk despite first fall since April last month
The number of people signing on the Live Register in Dundalk fell for the first time since April last month.
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there were 4,859 claiming dole payments in Dundalk in July.
This was down 3.3% on the 5,023 who were on the Live Register in July, when the figure crossed the 5,000 mark for the first since since last August when there were 5,548 on the Register.
The fall in the Live Register in August followed three months of increases in May, June and July. Despite the fall last month, the current figure remains higher than it was in June (4,830).
In total the number of people on the Live Register is still up 5.1% since April.
Despite this, year-on-year the number on the Live Register in Dundalk is down 12.4% from the 5,548 who were on it in August 2016.
Figures for Co Louth also fell by 4.7% last month from 11,037 to 10,515.
Despite spin from local Government TDs, this puts unemployment figures for the county just above the level they were at in May when there were 10,511 on the register and not since September 2008.
Despite the rise above the 11,000 mark in July for the first time since last October, there has been an annual decrease of 17% from the 12,670 who were on the Live Register in the county in August last year.
The number on the Live Register in Ardee and Drogheda also increased last month by 7.2% and 5.6% respectively to 1,204 (up 2) and 4,452. In both Ardee and Drogheda’s case this was the lowest figure since July 2008.