Fall in those signing on doesn’t tell the full story

There has been a slight month on month fall on the number of people signing on the live register in Donegal.

Figures for last month show 22,710 people signed on in the county, a fall of 118 on the July figure.

The figures released by the CSO today would not include the recent  21 job losses announced in Ballyshannon at BWG,  the loss of 30 jobs at Oatfield in Letterkenny or the 100 places that went at Keith Prowse call centre in Buncrana.

They do show however that for the first time in months their is a reversal in the increase in those signing on.

There were 8 people less signing on in Ballybofey in August compared to July, 2 less in Ballyshannon, 19 fewer in Dungloe and Killybegs and a fall of 27 was recorded in the Letterkenny area.

The biggest fall in those signing on was in Buncrana - the figure there for August stands at 5,178 - down 79 on July.

Welfare office in Donegal Town and Dunfanaghy recorded increases of 20 and 27 respectively.