Live Register drops to 2008 levels

Unemployment has fallen in all counties

Live Register drops to 2008 levels

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New figures show the number of people on the Live Register is at its lowest level since November 2008.

The numbers from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have recorded a drop in unemployment in every region of the country.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the live register saw a monthly decrease of 2,800 in February.

This brings the seasonally adjusted total to 276,000.

On a seasonally adjusted basis it showed a monthly decrease of 2,100 men and  800 women.

In unadjusted terms there were 275,093 persons signing on – which is an annual decrease of 44,356.

At the end of February, there were 117,048 long term claimants, which is over 40% fewer than the peak crisis number of 201,513 in August 2012.

The Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the figures.

“I’m pleased to note that the Live Register figures for February show a further decline in the number of people signing on.

“2,800 less people on the Register compared to January shows continued progress in transitioning people into employment.

“I’m also pleased to see the regional breakdown for this latest Live Register shows a reduction of at least 10% in all counties.

“We’ve seen the largest declines to date this year in border, midlands and south-east counties which is very good news.”