The number of people on the Live register in Clare rose by 3% at the end of the year.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show there are now more than 3,800 people claiming unemployment benefit in the county, however the figures don’t include those on the pandemic unemployment payment.
The number of people seeking some form of unemployment benefit in Clare is on the rise once again according to the latest CSO figures.
3,981 people in Clare signed on in the month of December, a rise of 119 on the previous month, and the first significant jump in figures since the pandemic began.
Ennis accounted for more than half of those on county’s live register, with figures up by 17 over the course of a month to 1,936.
West Clare’s claimants rose by 34 to 716 and East Clare saw the smallest chnge in numbers; up 15 to 540.
Despite the rise, the county’s figure remains lower than the same period in 2020 and 2019 when there were 4,922 and 4,739 people on the Live Register respectively.
The figures don’t include the numbers claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, with the Department of Social Protection confirming an additional 1,318 were claiming the state support at the end of December.