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Unemployment rate eases to 10.1%
04 Mar 2015 19:07
New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the Live Register in February fell by 4,300 to stand at 355,600 on a seasonally adjusted basis.
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This is its lowest total since February 2009 and is down from 450,000, recorded shortly before Ireland entered its Troika bailout programme, which it exited a year ago.
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The CSO said that the standardised unemployment rate in February 2015 was 10.1%, down from the revised figure of 10.3% in January 2015.
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It said that in unadjusted terms, a total of 355,124 people were signing on the Live Register in February, down 10.8% on the same month the previous year.
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Today's figures also showed that the number of men signing on last month eased by 1.5% from January while the number of women was down by 0.8%.
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The CSO said the number of long term claimants on the Live Register in February was 162,776.
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