Dramatic fall in live register figures across Cork in the past decade

Dramatic fall in live register figures across Cork in the past decade

Live Register queues were lengthy a decade ago during the recession but have fallen in Cork by 68.3%. Picture: Richard Mills

Numbers on the live register in Cork have more than halved in the last decade.

Figures show an average of a 66% drop in those signing on in both the city and county in the last 10 years.

Full-time unemployment across Cork is also at its lowest level so far this year.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 4,500 more people were in employment in September this year in Cork compared to the same month in 2018. Figures from the city show that there are 1,639 more people working, with an additional 2,916 in the county.

CSO figures from across 2019 in Cork city show September as the month with most employment, and July the month with the least - 6,980 people were signing on during this period.

There were almost 1,600 more males than females signing on the live register in Cork city in September, while overall the vast majority of people signing on in both the Abbeycourt and Hanover offices were over the age of 25. 

Meanwhile, in county Cork, there were almost 3,000 fewer people in receipt of social welfare at the end of September in comparison to the same period last year. The largest drop was seen in the Mallow office, where there are 269 fewer people signing on.

Of the more than 15,000 people that are signing on in the county, there are almost 2,000 more males than females. While just 1,437 of those on the live register are under the age of 25.

All but one of the social welfare offices in Cork recorded decreases in the numbers signing on since September 2018. Bantry was the only office that recorded an increase, where the number climbed from 566 to 655.

A decade ago there were more than 62,000 people signing on in Cork across almost 20 social welfare offices - with more than 42,000 in the county and just under 20,000 in the city.

However, when 2019 figures are compared to those from 10 years ago, in the county there are 64.5% less people signing on - with 27,540 more people in full-time employment. Meanwhile, in the city, there are almost 13,300 fewer people signing on than in September 2009 - a massive 68.3% decrease.

There are still, however, 21,294 people on the live register in Cork- with more than 15,000 in the county, and over 6,000 in the city.

This makes up 45.7% of the overall figure in Munster, which currently stands at 46,554, while nationally at the end of September there were almost 184,000 people signing on the live register.

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