EVERY county has suffered major job losses in the past 12 months, but few have been as badly hit per capita as Wexford where the number of unemployed people has risen by almost 50%.
According to the Central Statistics Office live register figures, there were 6,440 people signing onto the dole in Wexford in May 2007.
That figure has risen to 9,023 in the space of 12 months.
The pattern is repeated, albeit less starkly throughout the rest of the country.
In Cork city and county, the number signing on the register soared from 14,780 to 19,552. In the city alone, the increase was 2,217.
The number of people signing on the dole in Kerry reached 7,643, a rise of 1,691, while in Limerick, there was an increase of 2,668 to 9,911.
In Clare there were 5,036 people signing on the dole in May 2008. That compared to just 3,865 just a year earlier.
In Waterford, the rise was equally dramatic, increasing by 1,815 to 7,979.
Tipperary saw the number of people signing on increase from 5,098 to 6,812 in the space of 12 months.
As part of its survey, the Central Statistics Office also looked at how at the number of people signing onto the dole had increased in the month from April to May of this year.
It found there was a monthly increase of 6,158, or 3.1% on the live register in May, which it said reflected increases in all regions of the country.
The largest percentage increase was in the mid-west region (+5.2%) while the smallest percentage increase was in the south-west region (+1.5%).
Other features in the month included:
* The number of males increased in all regions. The largest percentage increase was in the south-east region (+4.3%), while the smallest percentage increase was in the south-west region (+1.1%).
* The number of females also increased in all regions.
* The largest percentage increase was in the mid-west region (+7.8%) while the smallest was in the south-west region (+2.4%).
Amongst counties, the largest percentage increases were in Carlow (+7.9%) and Tipperary north (+7.0%). The largest percentage decreases were in Kerry (-2.4%) and Louth (-0.5%).
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