Live register in Dundalk falls by over 15% in past year


Donard McCabe


Donard McCabe

Live Register figures released yesterday by the CSO, show that the number of people signing on in Dundalk is continuing to fall, with 15.5% fewer signing on in January 2018 than there was in January 2017.

In January 2017, the number of people signing on in Dundalk was 4,810. In January 2018 this number reduced to 4,064 – a decrease of 15.5%.

The annual decrease nationally over the past 12 months was 39,506 people, or a decrease of 14.3%.

It should be noted that the Live Register includes part­time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).

When looking at the Dundalk figures in a little more detail, it shows that those under 25 years on the Live Register decreased by 111, or 17.5%.

For those 25 and over in Dundalk, the number decreased from 4,176 in January 2017 to 3,541 in January 2018 – a decrease of 15.21%.

463 fewer men signed on the Live register in January 2018 than in January 2017 – a decrease of 16.2%.

Finally, 283 fewer females signed on the Live Register in January 2018 than in the same month in 2017 – a decrease of 14.5%.