3% month on month fall in those signing on the live register

The number signing on the live register in Donegal last month fell by 658 when compared to November.

That means 21,054 people were signing on for the month of December, 3% less than the previous month.

All offices across the county recorded a drop last month - the largest, in terms of numbers,  was in Letterkenny - 176 fewer people signed on in December compared to November.

A significant drop was also recorded in the Finn Valley area, the total signing there dropped by 3.6% leaving the total at 2,662.

A fall of 89 was recorded in Inishowen, that represents a reduction of just 1.8% - a reduction in numbers of 74 was recorded in Ballyshannon with the total on the dole in that area standing at 1,618.

Elsewhere the dole queue shortened by 5.6% in Killybegs, just 2.8% in Dungloe while there are now 1,672 people signing on in the Dunfanaghy area, down 42 November to December.