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Positive News As Live Register number hits lowest level since 2008

ecent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the number of people signing on for social welfare benefits fell by 2,800 in February hitting its lowest level since November 2008.Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the number of people signing on for social welfare benefits fell by 2,800 in February hitting its lowest level since November 2008.

The data shows that the number of people on the live register last month fell by of 44,356. There were a total of 117,048 live claimants last month. That number reveals that there has been a 40pc drop in the number of people signing on since the peak of the crisis in 2012.

“This positive data reflects what we are seeing in the market across the country”,

“The opportunities for graduates with technical experience is even a more positive story for Ireland as companies compete in the war for talent.”

Ken Murphy, Director CareerWise Recruitment

While the Live Register is not a measure of unemployment as claimants can work part time, it is good barometer of the health of the labour market.

Separate CSO figures, published earlier in the week, put the State’s headline rate of unemployment at a post-crash low of 6.6 per cent.

“We’ve seen the largest declines to date this year in Border, Midlands and South East counties which is very good news. Cumulatively, that’s evidence of real and substantial progress,”

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

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