There’s been an almost 15% drop in the number of people signing on the Live Register in Kerry in the past year.
For the first time in six months, there are fewer than 10,000 signing on in the county, according to the Central Statistics Office.
During the month of April, 9,455 people signed on in Kerry’s seven social welfare offices.
That’s 1,657 fewer on the Live Register compared to April 2016; a 14.9% drop.
There was also a drop in the number of people signing on in Kerry between March and April, down 705 or 7%.
All of Kerry’s seven social welfare offices reported monthly drops, Killarney was down 284 to 1,381;
Tralee dropped 118 to 4,301, and Kenmare fell 113 to 305.
Dingle’s Live Register was down 74 to 539, Caherciveen dropped 41 to 369, Killorglin fell 40 to 708, and Listowel was down 35 to 1,852.