Meath, Wicklow and Kildare have been the worst hit by rising unemployment rates over the past year, according to the CSO.
Figures released earlier this week show that another 20,000 people joined the Live Register in March, bringing the unemployment rate to 11 per cent.
The largest percentage increase for the month was recorded in the Dublin region, where numbers rose by 6.4%.
However, the trend for the past 12 months shows that the mid-east region has experienced the highest increase at 105%.
The south-east had the smallest increase at 74%.