Live register drops by 7% since last October

by Ian Begley

NEW figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the live register from the Clondalkin social welfare office fell by 7% since last October.
The latest figures show that 8,345 people were registered by the end of October 2013 – 688 fewer than in October, 2012.
This drop of 7% represents the lowest figure in every month since February 2009, when 8,289 people were signing on from the Clondalkin social welfare office.
The office, based at Lock Road, covers the Clondalkin, Lucan and Newcastle areas, and the drop is amongst one of the biggest falls in live register numbers seen in any social welfare office in the country.
Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab) welcomed the news and believed there should be a strong emphasis on creating more jobs in the area.
He said: “The news from the Clondalkin social welfare office that the numbers signing on in our area has fallen by nearly 700 in a year is a good sign, but we need to keep the head down and keep working to create more jobs in the area.
“Some of this fall in numbers signing on is due to emigration, but we cannot overlook the fact that there are now more people in work than any time since May 2009, and that 34,000 more people have jobs in Ireland than did last year.
“In Dublin alone, there are nearly 8,000 more people with jobs than there were in June 2012,” he said.
“We have seen a big number of jobs announcements in the Dublin area in the past year and this is beginning to filter through to the figures from the social welfare office in Clondalkin.
“Companies such as Dell, Accenture, Twitter and Trip Advisor have announced hundreds of jobs in Dublin in just the past three months,” said Deputy Dowds.
Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) cautiously welcomed the news in the decrease of people on the local live register, but said the significant changes are more to do with the high number of people emigrating.
He said: “The fall in the number of people signing on is to be welcomed, but it’s clear when you read the live register against the quarterly national household survey that the significant changes are more to do with emigration than jobs creation.
“What’s most significant is that the number of under-25s in employment continues to fall. What you are seeing is a significant higher level of emigration in the under-25s,” he said.
Since 2010, live register figures for the Clondalkin social welfare office in October saw a 1,157 drop from 9,902 in 2010 to 8,345 in 2013.
The lowest number of people signing on to the live register in the welfare office since the beginning of 2002 was 2,302 in March 2002, compared to the highest number – 10,575 in August, 2010 – making a 78% difference.
Nationally, the number of people signing on in Ireland has now fallen for the 16th month in a row. The live register figure is now almost 9% below the high of 449,400 seen in August 2011.

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