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Every single county has more long-term unemployed this year

Just three counties saw an overall drop in the Live Register – Limerick, Kerry and Clare.

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EVERY SINGLE COUNTY in Ireland has seen a rise in the number of long-term unemployed resident within their borders, according to recently-released data.

A county-by-county breakdown of the Live Register issued by Minister Joan Burton has highlighted a jump of over 10,000 in the number of people on the Live Register for more than three years. As of the end-June, that number was recorded at 102,891, up from 91,477 at the end of 2012.

The overall Live Register figure of 435,357 as of the end of June is up 11,624 when compared to six months previously. The most notable increases were seen in Dublin and Donegal.

Limerick, Clare and Kerry were the only three counties that saw a drop in the number of people signing on in the six-month period. Currently, 19,151 men and women receive some unemployment benefits, while 9,708 people in Clare are in a similar position.

In Kerry, a significant drop of more than 1,400 was recorded. However, there are claims that the fall in numbers are strongly influenced by emigration rather than job creation.

Of the total figure, the largest category is still the short-term unemployed with 147,873 signed on for fewer than three months. More than 31,000 of those are based in Dublin.

The Live Register is not designed as a measure of unemployment as the figures include people with part-time jobs and other casual work that receive some benefits.

First published 8.15am

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