Belfast Telegraph

'One-in-10' unemployed despite fall

More than one-in-10 people remain out of work despite a modest drop in the rate of unemployment, the latest figures have shown.

Last month, there were 352,647 people signing the live register, putting the unemployment rate at 10.7% for the month.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) the rate is down 0.2% on October and represents a fall of 38,860 on the same period last year.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: "Many people are not yet feeling the effects, and with unemployment still close to 11% we have a long way to go.

"However today's figures can give people further confidence that if we continue implementing our plan, we can continue to grow the economy, create jobs, reduce unemployment and ultimately create a better country for people to live in."

The CSO also found that although there were 2,500 fewer men claiming unemployment benefit during November, males still represented the majority of those on the live register and accounted for more than half of new claimants during the month.

In keeping with a downward trend over the past four years there was a reduction - 10,848 (-18.2%) - in the number of unemployed under-25-year-olds who accounted for 13.9% claimants in November.

The number of long-term claimants stood at 166,472 with more than 45% of those still on the live register having been there for a year or more.

Minister Bruton added: "Employment is the Government's top priority.

"Over the past two-and-a-half years, since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs, we have put in place a range of measures to support additional jobs growth.

"This includes measures in successive budgets to avoid job-killing income tax increases, and in the most recent budget we have started moves to reduce the income tax burden on ordinary workers, which will help create further jobs."

The craft sector, plant and machine operatives were among the worst hit by job losses with managers and associate professionals faring best, the CSO said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he was pleased by the downward trends.

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