Number on Live Register in Dundalk continues to fall

The number of people signing on the Live Register in Dundalk fell by a further 5.6% last month.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show there were 3,233 people claiming dole benefits in the town in October, down 192 from 3,425 in September.

This is the lowest the local Live Register figure has been this year and the lowest it has been at any point since February 2008 when there were 3,191 signed on.

The fall recorded in October means the Live Register is down 12.7% on this time last year when the number claiming dole benefits in the town stood at 3,703.

There was a similar story in the county as a whole with the number of people signing on the register in Co Louth in October falling by 2.3% from 7,436 to 7,262.

This is the lowest the figure for the county has been since it stood at 6,892 in December 2007.

The latest fall also means that the number on the Live Register in Louth was down 8.3% from this time last year when it stood at 7,919.

Elsewhere in the county, the number of people claiming dole payments in Ardee fell by 0.8% last month from 790 to 784 while it was up 0.8% from 3,221 to 3,235 in Drogheda.