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The unemployment rate has fallen to 11.1%

The number of people on the Live Register is now 370,050.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE has fallen to 11.1%, according to new figures published by the Central Statistics Office today.

The rate has fallen continuously in recent months, and is down from 12.6% at this time last year.

The number of people on the Live Register in September stood at 370,050, a drop of 4,700 (0.1%) since August.

At its peak, unemployment hit 15.1% in 2012.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton welcomed the figures.

“People are returning to work in significant numbers, and as the economic recovery continues to pick up pace, I am confident we will speed up that progress,” she said.

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