New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the unemployment rate rose slightly in June, to 4.8% from 4.7% a month earlier, but remained at around the same level it stood at before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The figure was also down from a jobless rate of 6.3% in June of last year.

Today's CSO figures show that the seasonally adjusted number of people who were unemployed rose to 134,900 in June from 128,100 the previous month.

The CSO noted a decrease of 26,000 in the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed from June last year.

Today's figures show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 4.7% for men, unchanged from 4.7% in May and down from 6.5% in June last year.

The jobless rate for women in June rose to 5% from 4.6% in May but it wass down from 6.2% in June 2021.

Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate rose to 5.4% from 4.9% in May, the CSO added.

The jobless rate, including those temporary laid off due to Covid-19, had ballooned to 31.5% in April 2020 when the economy was in a severe lockdown.