THE number of people signing on the live register in Kerry has dropped by a significant 11.4 per cent in the last year, it has been confirmed.
Fine Gael claims the county is now moving towards full employment with more people now at work in the main centres of population.
The number on the live register in Killarney at the end of December was 1,583 which was marginally down by 0.8 per cent on the corresponding period in previous year when the figure was 1,595.
The biggest drop was in Listowel where there was a 12 per cent improvement with the live register number reducing from 1,674 to 1,262 in the past year.
There was a 12.1 per cent drop in Tralee to 3,458 and in Killorglin the live register figure was down by 10.7 per cent to 702.
The 328 on the register in Kenmare represented a 7.3 per cent reduction on the previous year, there was a 7.6 per cent drop in Caherciveen to 366 and in Dingle the live register decreased by 3.9 per cent to 609.
According to CSO statistics, nationally, unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16 per cent in 2012 to 5.3 per cent in December 2018.
Since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Kerry live register has decreased locally by 52.3 per cent which represents 8,995 people back at work.
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