Number signing on in Donegal down by nearly 2,000

 

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The number signing on the live register in Donegal has fallen by almost 2,000 in the last year.

All social welfare offices across the county have shown a reduction in numbers.

Government representatives have praised the Action Plan for Jobs for the reduction while others suggest it is more to do with emigration and schemes such as jobsbridge.

The number signing on in Donegal last month was 16,173 - 600 less than the previous month and almost 2,000 less than October of 2014.

All offices recorded a decrease over the course of the year - In Letterkenny the figure last month was 4,950 a drop of almost 600 on October 2014 and but slightly up on the previous month.

In inishowen, 3,053 people singed on last month 180 less than September and 550 less than October 2014.

Elsewhere there was a slight decrease in those signing on Between September and October in Ballybofey, Dunfanaghy, Dungloe and Killybegs but a slight month on month increase was recorded in Ballyshannon and Donegal Town.