Unemployment numbers dip

The Central Statistics Office has reported a slight fall in the number of people signing on last month following a massive increase in March.

The CSO says the total number of people on the Live Register decreased by 200 in April, compared to a rise of 12,000 in March.

Over the past 12 months, the number claiming unemployment benefits has risen by more than 41,000 (26.7%).

This has pushed the standardised unemployment rate up to 5.5%.

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