The number of people on the live register in Clare is on the rise once again.
Latest figures from the CSO show that just over 4,700 people were signing on at the end of last month, a jump of almost 200 in the space of a month.
According to the CSO, at the end of July there was a total of 4,713 claiming some form of unemployment benefit across the county.
That’s a rise of 184 on the figure a month previous though marks a welcome drop of 668 on the number on the live register at the same time last year.
The biggest rise in numbers over the past four weeks came in the Ennis area, where an additional 116 people joined dole queues.
East Clare saw 49 more people sign on the live register, while there are now 22 more in the North Clare area than at the end of June.
In fact, West Clare was the only part of the county where numbers dropped, though that was by a very marginal three.
However, a rise in live register numbers in Clare is typical between June and July, as college students finish up their courses.