More than 5,000 people signed on to the live register in Clare for December.
5,009 individuals were on the register in the county last month which is an increase on the 4,814 in November according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office. However, there has been a 15.8 percent drop in the amount of Clare people signing on since last year.
Every part of the county saw a rise in its figures for December with 80 extra people on the dole in North Clare which now totals 974, in Ennis there is more than 2,500, 853 are doing so in West Clare while it is 667 in East Clare.
In a statement to The Clare Echo, Senator Martin Conway was quick to highlight the overall reduction since last year. “Locally we’ve seen declines in the live register right across the county this year. My hometown of Ennistymon saw a decrease of 16.4%, Ennis and Kilrush saw a reduction of 15.5 percent and 12.2 percent respectively and the greatest decrease locally was in Tulla with a reduction on the live register of 20.1 percent. We will continue this success into the future because we are investing in our talented people, in our drive for innovation and in the future of our infrastructure”.
He added, “We are moving towards full employment and we will ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth, including here in Clare”.