Live Register July rise but big fall since 2012


Live Register July rise but big fall since 2012
By Ian Cameron @IanAlexCameron

Live Register figures for Dundalk saw a monthly rise for the second time in June, but overall jobless figures are on the decrease in Louth.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, the number on the Register was up 3.7 per cent last month.

This followed an increase of 2.8 per cent in May.

However CSO figures released confirmed a massive 28.96 per cent drop in live register figures for the Louth area since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in Feb 2012, the figure stood at 17,809 at that time and has fallen to 12,651 in the most recent CSO June live register figures.

The live register in Dundalk fell from 7,084 to 5,554 a drop of 1530(21.6 pre cent), Ardee live register fell from 2,376 to 1,559 a drop of 817(34.39 per cent) and Drogheda live register fell from 8,349 to 5,538 a drop of 2,811(33.67 per cent)

"We have seen these live register figures fall consistently throughout the county now for the last four years but we still face many very important questions, I believe the most vulnerable people within our society are still not feeling the recovery.

“Most recently I have seen with disability respite services and psychiatric services that we need far more investment in these areas from the increased tax take we are seeing, and I will continue to campaign for these improvements."

O'Dowd added:

"The recovery has taken hold within the county but a lot of work is still to be done in the immediate future, most notably to manage the very real issues that will potentially occur if and when the Brexit commences."

"I will be meeting numerous political and business representatives over the summer to study the real issues we will face as a border county over the next two to three years and how we make sure we maximise the opportunities surrounding the Brexit fallout."