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IRISH DOLE QUEUES SHORTEN BY 8,800.

Byline: By ED CARTY

THE number of people claiming unemployment benefits dropped in the last six months, it was revealed yesterday.

The Live Register, recorded by the Central Statistics Office, shows 149,269 people are signing on, a fall of 8,795.

This drop included a decrease of nearly 10,000 in short-term claimants and an increase of almost 1,000 in people signing on for a year or more.

The CSO said there are 88,682 men on the register, 31,632 of them claiming for more than a year, and 60,587 women signing on, 13,912 for more than a year.

Those aged 45-54 made up just under 25 per cent of people claiming for over a year while those aged under 20 made up only 2.2 per cent of people on long term benefits.

Of all persons making claims for under a year the largest percentage, more than 27 per cent, was among the 25-34 year age group.

Those aged 60-64 had the lowest percentage at 5.2 per cent.

There were 58,020 claimants on the Live Register for less than three months and 18,711 claimants registered for three years or more.

The seasonally-adjusted Live Register figure increased by 100 to 155,400 during October.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2006
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