ALMOST 700 fewer people signed on the live register in Co Carlow for the month of June compared to a year ago. Across the county, there were 6,639 people on the live register last month, which is a drop of 684 in 12 months.
Commenting on the figures, deputy Anne Phelan said that the percentage fall of 9.34% on the live register between June 2013 and June 2014 was very encouraging.
Deputy Phelan, who is a member of a task force aimed at creating employment in the southeast, asserted that the new Central Statistics Office figures were “proof that the recovery is real”.
“I realise that the rate of joblessness is still high, but this week’s report from the CSO shows we are moving in the right direction,” she said.
However, there were 164 more people signing on the live register in Co Carlow in June than in the previous month. Of the 164 extra people who signed on last month, 87 are from Carlow town, while 39 hail from Bagenalstown and 38 are from Tullow.