Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people ‘signing on’ in Meath has fallen below 10,000 for the first time in over four years.
There are now 9,630 people on the live register in Meath which is the first time the figure has fallen below 10,000 since April 2009.
From a peak of 12,348 in August 2010, the number of people signing on in the county has fallen by 22 per cent with 2,718 leaving dole queues in Meath since then.
The live register recorded a drop of 407 in October which follows a drop of 717 the previous month.
A total of 9.630 people are now claiming benefits in Meath- 5,814 men and 3,816 women.
The number of people aged under 25 stands at 1,445, while 8,185 people over 25 are on the live register.
Compared to a year ago, the number of people claiming benefits is down by 937 from 10,567 in October 2012, to 9,630 last month.
All three social welfare offices in Meath recorded decreases in the numbers signing on in October. In Navan, there were 4,685 on the live register, which is 185 less than in September.
In Trim, there were 179 less people in the dole queues than a month earlier and there are now 3,057 people signing on there.
In Kells, there was numbers fell from 1,931 in September to 1,888 in September- a drop of 43.
Nationally, the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,700 in October 2013, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 409,900.
In unadjusted terms there were 396,512 people signing on the Live Register in October 2013. This represents an annual decrease of 23,660. This is the first month since May 2009 that the unadjusted Live Register total has been below 400,000.
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