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Fall in unemployment figures ‘hides impact of emigration’

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell again last month, resulting in a total drop of 11,051 since January last year.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell again last month, resulting in a total drop of 11,051 since January last year.

Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 19:11

   

CIARA KENNY

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell again last month, resulting in a total drop of 11,051 since January last year.

Emigration is thought to be one of the most significant factors behind the fall in numbers signing on the Live Register in recent months.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell again last month, resulting in a total drop of 11,051 since January last year.

The unemployment rate now stands at 14.8 per cent.

“While the trend in the overall Live Register continues to be one of movement within a small range, annual decreases were recorded in all months of 2012,” the CSO said.

As of the end of December, there were 269,886 men signing on the register and 153,847 women.

The figures showed the number of people under the age of 25 on the Live Register decreased by 7,402 or 10 per cent last year.

Annual decreases in persons aged under 25 have now occurred in all months since July 2010.

SIPTU Economist Marie Sherlock said the drop in the number of people signing on was to be welcomed, but warned that the statistics hid the impact of emigration.

“Just under 8,000 craft workers have left the Live Register over the 12 months to December 2012,” she said.

“This exodus of craft workers off the Live Register and presumably out of the country, accounts for almost three-quarters of the fall in the numbers signing on during 2012.”