There’s been a 13% drop in the number of people on the Live Register in Kerry in the past year.
The numbers signing on between January and February also fell, after rising for four months in a row.
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, there are 10,863 people signing on in the county.
During the month of February, 10,863 people signed on in Kerry’s seven social welfare offices.
That’s 1,640 fewer on the Live Register compared to February 2016; a 13% drop.
There was also a drop in the number of people signing on in Kerry between January and February, down 243 or a two per cent ; that’s the first time Kerry’s Live Register has fallen after rising four months in a row.
All of Kerry’s seven social welfare offices reported monthly drops, Killarney was down 133 to 1,888;
Kenmare dropped 25 to 506, Listowel fell 24 to 1,982.
Killorglin’s Live Register was down 21 to 821, Caherciveen and Tralee both dropped 17 to 434 and 4,535 respectively, and Dingle fell six to 697.