Live register figures for January 2015 have shown a very small rise in the number of people signing on in County Leitrim.
A monthly report released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that a total of 2,998 people were signing on at their local Department of Social Protection offices in the county in January.
This compares to a total figure of 2,972 in December 2014. These figures represent a rise of 26 across the county.
In Carrick-on-Shannon, the number rose by 23 with 2,332 signing on in January comparing to last December’s figure of 2,309. In Carrick, 307 claimants are under 25 years of age, with 189 males and 118 females. Of those 25 years of age or older, 1,220 are male while 805 are females.
In Manorhamilton, the county’s only other department office, a total of 666 people were signing on over the month of January, up three from December’s figure of 663. Of these 666, 404 are male, while 262 are female. 578 of those registered with the north Leitrim office were 25 years of age or over, while 88 were under 25.
These figures buck the national trend which has seen just over three years of monthly decreases in claimants across the country.
A total of 8,509 people signed on during the first month of this year in County Sligo, while County Roscommon’s figures stand at 6,932.