Two Kerry Fine Gael Oireachtas members claim the latest Live Register figures for Kerry indicates the steady growth of the economy in the county.
Both Fine Gael Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Senator Tom Sheahan say the data shows a 29 per cent drop in those signing on in the county since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. The Live Register figure has been fluctuating this year but compared to January the number of people signing on in Kerry in August was down 11 per cent. Just under 12,300 people signed on at the county’s social welfare offices last month. The majority of offices recorded a monthly decrease apart from Tralee which had a slight increase to 5,713 and Listowel slightly jumped to 2,515. Elsewhere, the seasonal fall continues in Killarney to 1,703, Killorglin remains under the 1,000 mark and stands at 974 and Dingle record a figure of 614. Caherciveen is down to 440 and a decrease brings Kenmare’s figure to 339.