The number of jobless rose by a further 4.8 percent during the month of July to bring the total unemployment increase for the last year to 17 percent, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.
The job losses have been spread through all of the country’s eight regions in the last year with the largest annual percentage increases recorded in the Mid-East up 25.6 percent, Dublin up 24.6 percent and the Mid-West up 20.3 percent.
The number signing on the state’s live register is now 172,098, an increase of 24,997 since July 2001.
The CSO say the “underlying upward movement” in the number of jobless is continued in July with the unemployment rate increasing to 4.4 percent up from 4.3 percent in June.
During July, the unadjusted increase in those signing on for the dole was 7,821. The seasonally adjusted total for those signing on – taking into account the usual rise in July – also increased by 1,600 during the month.
Women were worst hit with the extra numbers signing on in July comprising 5,580 females and 2,241 males.
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The live register is not designed to be a fully accurate measure of unemployment as it includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers signing on for State benefits.