The number of men under the age of 25 signing on in Longford in March was 529, the lowest figure since December 2008, according to the latest CSO figures released last week.
This number is significantly down from the high of 762 signing on in August 2009. However, these figures do not indicate if these men have found employment, with emigration being a likely factor for a large percentage of the drop.
There were 373 women under 25 claiming assistance in Longford, a jump of 15 since February and the highest figure in four months but they still remain relatively stable.
Overall, there were 5,179 people signing on in Longford last month which remains consistent with figures for the past number of months. 3,371 of these were men with 1,808 women on the Live Register – the highest figure for 7 months. As few as 1,931 were signing on in September 2006.
Nationally, there were 434, 800 on the Live Register on a seasonally adjusted basis, a fall of 0.7 percent or 3,000 people. This indicates an unemployment rate of 14.3%, down 0.1%
However, the CSO say the Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance.
Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest estimated number of persons unemployed as of the fourth quarter of 2011 was 302,000.