A drop of almost ten per cent in a year has been recorded in Kerry’s Live Register.
The latest data from the Central Statistics Office shows that in February 12,515 people signed on for employment benefits in the county. One year ago, 13,851 people signed on in Kerry’s seven social welfare offices during the month of February. Although a significant decline in that figure has been reported over the past year there is a more modest monthly drop at 1.6 per cent. All of the offices in the county record monthly decreases aside from Tralee which rises by one to 5,187. Killarney has the biggest fall (108), a signal of the early tourist season kicking off, 2,208 people signed on there in February.
Listowel is down to 2,263, Killorglin falls to 1,002 and Dingle decreases to 791.
Kenmare now stands at 552 and Caherciveen is at 512.