The number of people signing onto the live register in Ardee has fallen by 17% in the 12 months to December, new figures from the Central Statistics Office have revealed. They also showed the number has dropped by 50% from the height of the recession.
In December, 1,324 people signed on at the Ardee Social Welfare office – which despite being a slight increase on November’s tally – represents a steep fall from the figure in December 2015 when 1,594 people received unemployment benefit of some description. That means 270 fewer people are receiving jobseeker’s allowance or jobseeker’s benefit payments than this time last year.
24 more people signed on last month compared to November, which is an increase of 1.8% but the 1,300 people signing on in November 2016 was the lowest number on the register since November 2008 and the current figure means there are now 1,321 fewer people on benefits in the town than the at the height of the recession in Ardee – when 2,645 were on the live register in August 2010. That is 50% decrease.
The drop – over the course of the last year and in general since the recession high of will owe in some part to emigration and people moving to larger towns and cities such as Dublin and Belfast for work. The Live Register is not just a means of measuring unemployment. It’s figures include part-time workers who work three days-a-week or less, and casual and seasonal workers.
Across Louth, 10,917 people signed on last month which was down 15.5% on the tally that were on the register twelve months earlier.