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Friday 18 August 2017

Dole claimants drop

LIVE register figures dropped for the 14th successive month, according to CSO.

The number of people signing on in July was 441,976. This represents a drop of 18,347 or 4pc in the past 12 months and a seasonally adjusted drop of 3,200 from June.

Seasonally adjusted figures have now fallen every month since June 2012. The standardised unemployment rate now stands at 13.5pc, the lowest level since April 2010.

The number of long-term claimants fell by 2,515 for the 12 month period, a drop of 1.3pc.

Long-term unemployed account for just under 45pc of the total live register.

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