CSO figures show fourth drop in a row for unemployment
The unemployment rate has fallen slightly to 13.4%, the fourth month in a row it has come down, official figures revealed.
The total numbers signing on the dole have dropped by about 20,000 over the last year to 435,280, a fall of 4.6% over the 12 months.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) report said there are 196,808 long-term unemployed.
The unemployment rate, based on the live register, has shown a steady decline since February last year, but the figures are masked by high levels of emigration and limited periods people are able to sign on.
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