Unemployment numbers show drop of over 32,000 on last year
By Brendan Grehan
THE LIVE register figures fell again in November in South Dublin with all social welfare offices showing a drop in figures on October.
Nationally the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 8.9 per cent, unchanged from the revised October 2015 rate and down from 10.4 per cent in Novenber 2014.
The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 191,700 in November 2015, a decrease of 700 when compared to the October 2015 figure or a decrease of 32,100 when compared to November 2014.
In Tallaght the total signing on fell from 8,779 in October to 8,767 in November. There was a drop of 34 among the Under 25s with 1,365 signing on in October and 1,331 signing on in November.
In Nutgrove, the figures were down again with 3,695 signing on in October and 3,473 signing on in November. The figures for under-25s fell too with 286 signing on in October and 268 in November.
In Ballyfermot there was a substantial decrease with 2,580 signing on last month down from 2,658 in October. Among the under-25s, 419 signed on in November as opposed to 466 the previous month.
In Clondalkin, the total signing on fell from 6,293 in October to 6,130 in November. With the under-25s the figures fell from 980 in October to 891 in November.
Sinn Féin councillor Eoin Ó Broin has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the latest Live Register figures.
Cllr Ó Broin told The Echo: “ Any increase in the number of people in work is to be welcomed. However the Live Register does not record employment. A fall in the number of people signing on can be caused by increased employment, increased take-up in education and training, emigration or people having their payments stopped.”
Cllr Ó Broin said the Government should release employment data alongside the live register to give people a true picture of what is happening in the local labour market.
He added: “They should also highlight the number of people in low-paid employment, part-time work and those who are under-employed. I suspect that if we had this information the government would not be slapping themselves on the back as far too many people are in precarious low-paid employment at a time of rising prices and heavy household debt.”