Kerry’s Live Register has fallen by over 1,000 in a month.
The significant drop in September marks an almost nine drop compared to July.
Fine Gael Kerry TD Brendan Griffin welcomed the figures which he said bring the Live Register closer to boom time levels than the depth of the recession in 2011 and 2012.
According to the Central Statistics Office Kerry’s Live Register now stands at 11,213.
That’s an annual decrease of 8 per cent and a drop of 19 per cent since last January.
Tralee, which always reports the highest figure in the county’s seven social welfare offices, sees the largest monthly drop of almost 500 to 5,220.
Listowel falls over 180 to 2,331 and in Killarney a drop of 174 brings the total there to 1,529.
The other offices show monthly drops of between 32 and 98 people.
Killorglin records a number of 876, it’s 558 in Dingle, 408 in Caherciveen and Kenmare stands at 291.