There has been a two per cent drop in Dundalk’s Live Register between February and March.
Dundalk’s fiugre decreased from 6,752 to 6,635 between the two months , while Ardee went from 2,050 to 1,976.
The numbers on the live register in Louth in March fell by 1.59% against the previous month, from 15,736 to 15,485, and the county is now nearing two years of consecutive drops.
Minister Fergus O’Dowd welcomed the drop and the news that a review of the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) by the OECD has concluded that the plan is working.
“More than 60,000 new jobs were created in the country last year and Ireland now has the fastest employment growth rate in the OECD.
“Indeed, this week the OECD commended the APJ for how it is tackling the jobs crisis.
“The APJ which is being led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has taken a systematic approach to rebuilding our economy and addressing our unemployment crisis.
“By setting quarterly targets and including a robust monitoring system, the APJ has been instrumental in turning our jobs market around. This has now been recognised by the OECD, which has praised the APJ’s innovative approach.
“Real targets have been set and there is an onus on each Government department to hit these targets.”
The Live Register is used to provide a monthly series of the numbers of people (with some exceptions) registering for Unemployment Assistance/Benefit or for various other statutory entitlements at local offices of the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
Emmigration can also factor in a drop in the figure.