The unemployment rate increased to 4.6% in July, up 0.1% from June of this year, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

The rate was down from a comparative figure of 5.8% in July last year.

The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 111,400 in July 2019, compared to 110,200 in June 2019. 

When compared to July 2018, there was an annual decrease of 25,900 in the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed.  

The unemployment rate was 4.7% for males and 4.3% for females. Both of these figures were unchanged from June 2019 and down from 5.8% and 5.7% respectively.

The rate of youth unemployment was 10.3% in July, an increase of 0.2% from June.

Commenting on the figures Andrew Webb, the chief economist at Grant Thornton Ireland, said the figures come on the back of a ramping up of rhetoric on a no-deal Brexit since the appointment of Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister.

He said caution must be the watchword in the coming months as some indicators point towards a softening of economic momentum.