Over 27,000 made redundant since January

Government figures have revealed that more than 27,000 workers have been made redundant over the last nine months.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment confirmed it has received claims from 27,506 people who lost heir jobs since January.

Over 4,000 of those were lodged in September – 115% more than September 2007 and the highest monthly increase this year.

It includes 1,288 in Dublin city, 520 in Cork, and 275 in Dublin county.

The records, which date back to 1995, showed 19,186 claimed redundancy payments in the first nine months of last year.

The annual total for 2007 was 25,459.

The highest annual figure over the last 13 years was recorded in 2003, when 25,769 cases were handled by government officials.

Earlier today, the Central Statistics Office reported another sharp rise in the number of people on the Live Register over the past month.

The agency said almost 10,000 more people were claiming benefits last month compared with August.

The total Live Register figure has now increased by 80,000, or almost 50%, over the past 12 months.

The standardised unemployment rate currently stands at 6.3%.

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