The total number of people on the Live Register in Dundalk is just below 7,000

The figures were released at the end of May and the total number of people on the Live Register for all of Louth stands at 17,356

The figures were released at the end of May and the total number of people on the Live Register for all of Louth stands at 17,356

Ardee, which has a total population of roughly 7,400, has a total of 2,344 on the Live Register.

The catchment area of these offices, particularly near the border of counties, may include addresses in neighbouring counties (e.g. Meath), and as such those signing on at a Local Office in Louth may not be resident in the county.

A detailed breakdown of this number by Profession and Local Office is contained in the attached tabular statement.

According to the Government figures the majority of those on the Live Register in Dundalk are from the ‘Craft and Related Occupations’ and make up 1,549 of those on the register.

There are also 1,082 people on the register that are listed as being ‘Plant and Machine’ operatives.

Nationally the number of people signing on the Live Register increased marginally for the second straight month in May but the standardised unemployment rate held steady at 14.3 per cent.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 436,700 people were claiming jobseekers’ benefits and allowances in May, some 7,700 fewer than in the same month last year.

The number of long-term claimants – those in receipt of benefits for more than one year – increased by 7 per cent to 188,729 in the year to May. The number of women in the long-term category increased by 13.7 per cent (6,459) in that period, and the number of men rose by 4.6 per cent (5,936).

The number of casual and part-time workers claiming benefits has risen by 3.7 per cent (3,131) since May of last year to 88,064, with the increase largely accounted for by male workers (5.7 per cent).

Foreign nationals accounted for 17.7 per cent (76,783) of the number on the Live Register, a small increase from the figure recorded one year earlier (17.5 per cent).