Number on Live Register in NW drops by 14%

The number of people on the Live Register has dropped by 14% across the North West in the past year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The live register is a list of those available for work, and includes part-time workers, as well as seasonal and casual workers entitled to certain welfare payments.
The number of people signing on the Live Register has dropped by 2,836 across the North West.

In Sligo, there were 3,898 people on the Live Register in September of 2016 while this year there were 3,380, a drop of 518 people, just over 13%

Donegal had 14,465 on the Live Register last year; it’s 12,383 this year, a drop of 2,082, which represents just over 14%.

Leitrim also saw a drop, with the county going from 2,405 in 2016 to 2,074 this year, a difference of 331, almost 14%.

The entire NW region went from 20,139 people on the Live Register to 17,303 this year, a decrease of 14%.

Overall throughout the country, there were 215, 848 people on the Live Register, the first time since 2008 that the number dropped below 250,000.