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Unemployment rate eases to 10%
01 Apr 2015 21:09
New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the standardised unemployment rate in March fell to 10%, down from 10.1% in February.
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The CSO said that the number of people signing on the Live Register last month fell by 4,700 (1.3%) to stand at 350,600 on a seasonally adjusted basis - its lowest total since February 2009.
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In unadjusted terms, a total of 348,676 people were signing on the Live Register in March, down almost 11% or 42,556 on the same time last year.
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The Live Register has now effectively fallen for almost three years in a row.
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Today's figures show that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of men on the Live Register fell by 1.4% in March, while the number of women signing on decreased by 1.3%.
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They also reveal that the number of long term claimants dropped by 10.6% to stand at 160,403. The number of long term male claimants fell by 14.4%, while the number of long term female claimants eased by 2.4%.
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