Figures released by the Central Stastistics Office (CSO) this morning, Wednesday, have revealed a significant drop in Longford’s Live Register figures.
The figures show that the number on the Live Register in July 2014 stood at 4,870 compared to 5,271 in the same month last year, while in August, those figures decreased again slightly to 4,863, down from 5,243 in August 2013.
Neighbouring counties have also experienced a noticeable decrease, with 6,693 on the Live Register in Cavan in August 2014, down from 7,418 in August 2013. In Leitrim, figures have dropped from 3,433 in August 2013 to 3,122 in August 2014, while the number on the Live Register in Roscommon has fallen from 4,236 to 3,853 in the same period. Westmeath has also seen a dramatic decrease, with just 10,035 on the Live Register in August 2014 compared to 10,805 in the same month in 2013.
This trend was reflected nationwide, with a 9% decrease recorded last month compared with figures from September 2013, signifying almost 39,000 fewer people on the Register.
The Minister for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash TD, has warmly welcomed the figures, saying; “This is further good news on the employment front and importantly shows that the trend of falling Live Register figures is continuing.”