Boost for local economy as Longford's Live Register figures fall by 14.5%

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Dole queue outside the Social Welfare Office, Portarlington. Photo: Michael Scully .

Unemployment figures in Longford are continuing to fall, latest statistics show

The number of people signing on the Live Register in Longford has dropped by 14.5% in the last year, and a whopping 52% since 2012.

Unemployment in Longford has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 5.3% in December 2018.

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The impressive figures show that 442 people in the county returned to employment this year.

The CSO has also revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 200,000 nationally - the lowest figures since 2008, representing a year on year decrease of 15.5% overall.

More good news on the employment front in Longford came within the Longford County Council Performance Indicators report for 2017, which was presented at a recent meeting of the council.

The report stated that a total of 116 jobs were created with the assistance of the Local Enterprise Office last year.

This figure is well above the national average of 99 jobs.

In comparison, there were 232 jobs created in Dublin City, which has a significantly larger population than Longford, highlighting the hard work put in by Longford's LEO last year.

Neighbouring county Westmeath was bang on the national average with 99 jobs, while Cavan and Roscommon were below average with 87 and 57 jobs respectively.

Leitrim has the lowest figure in the country, with 31 jobs created with the assistance of its Local Enterprise Office.

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