Kerry’s Live Register returns to pre-COVID levels

Kerry’s Live Register has returned to pre-COVID levels.

That’s according to the latest data from the Central Statistics Office.

In July, 7,586 people signed on the Live Register in Kerry; that is a return to levels last seen in February before the pandemic took hold.

It marks a monthly drop of 516 people or 6%.

However, the Live Register is still 12% above the July 2019 figure.

The biggest monthly drops around the county are concentrated in the tourism hotspots of Killarney and Dingle; Killarney falls 363 to 1,102 and Dingle is down 207 to 366.

Caherciveen is down 45 to 436, Killorglin drops 20 to 553 and there is a fall of 13 in Kenmare to 316.

There were monthly increases in Tralee and Listowel; Tralee is up 103 to 3,476 and Listowel rises 29 to 1,427.