MORE than 2,000 people in Limerick city and county came off the Live Register over the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show that there are now 15,662 Limerick people claiming unemployment benefits.
There are 11,537 people signing on in Limerick city, 2,247 in Newcastle West and 1,878 in Kilmallock.
Some 2,200 of those signing on are aged 25 or under, and 1,233 of those were men.
The number signing on in the city fell by about 1,400 compared to July 2014; this dropped by nearly 400 each in Kilmallock and Newcastle West.
The number of women aged under 25 signing on in Limerick increased by nearly 100 since the start of the year.
Altogether 30,340 people were signing on in the Mid West in July of this year, among a total of 343,100 people nationwide.