Slight Rise As Dole Queue Hits 14.5%

Hundreds more people are registered unemployed with news today that Central Statistics Office (CSO) data shows the number of people on the Live Register in November hit 448,600, a rise of 1,700.

That means the unemployment rate in the Irish Republic rose slightly to 14.5% in November up from 14.4% in October.

The CSO says that while November's figures are the joint highest recorded so far this year, the underlying trend over the past 12 months has been flat.

The 1,700 increase in November comprised a 2,500 rise in the number of women signing on, with a 900 drop in the number of men.

The headline Live Register figure, which does not take seasonal factors into account, fell slightly 429,567.

The Live Register includes some part-time and seasonal workers and does not measure unemployment.

The CSO also said the number of long-term claimants rose by just 117 in November to 179,890.

Almost 42% of claimants on the Live Register have been there for a year or more. The CSO says, however, that the annual rate of increase in long-term claimants has been slowing.

The CSO also noted a downward trend in the number of people under 25 signing on. This figure has fallen by just over 6% in the past 12 months.


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