The unemployment rate in Mayo has risen by 2.8 per cent in the last month but the latest figures show that there has been a 2 per cent decrease in the last 12 months.
The latest live register figures released by the Central Statistic Office show that the number of unemployed in Mayo for July stands at 13,800. The figure was an increase of 376 or 2.8 per cent compared to June when the figure was 13,424 but a decrease of two per cent on the same time last year.
In Mayo, the statistics revealed, 2,445 or 17 per cent of all those unemployed are under 25 years of age, with males making up 58 per cent of those numbers. Ballina remains the unemployment blackspot of Mayo, with 3,471 out of work – an increase of 89 in the last month, and no decrease on the last 12 months. Of the 3,471 unemployed in Ballina, the under 25 age group made up nearly 20 per cent of that figure.
Castlebar has the next greatest unemployment rate, with 2,646 signing on the live register. Unemployment stands at 1,874 in Westport, followed by Swinford with 1,677.
Nationally, the unemployment rate stood at 14.8 per cent, with 437,300 signing on the live register which was a slight fall of 2,300. Significantly the numbers claiming benefit continuously for more than one year was just over 200,000 in July which the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed said needed urgent intervention.
“This is a deeply worrying figure. Unemployment impacts on people in many different ways, people who are long-term unemployed face particular challenges – if you’re long-term unemployed its infinitely more difficult to get back to work,” said John Stewart, Co-ordinator with the INOU.
“People need to get back to work as soon as possible. We welcomed the recently announced €2.25 billion infra-structural stimulus package. It’s absolutely critical that the Government and its agencies move quickly from announcement to implementation. Unemployed people are desperate to get back to work and the proposed 13,000 jobs must become a reality as quickly as possible and unemployed people must be supported to get these jobs,” he concluded.
Despite a relatively strong tourism season unemployment in Westport increased by nine between June and July.