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The number of people on the Live Register in Tipperary has fallen by nearly 2,000 in the last 12 months.

Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show there 10,948 people on the Live Register in Tipperary in March – down 1,919 from March of 2016.

It also represents a fall of 377 on the previous month.

Just one of the eight offices in the Premier County recorded a rise in the numbers signing on with an increase of 9 in Clonmel.

Thurles was down 78 from February to March, Carrick down 72, Nenagh fell by 65, the number in Cashel was down 57, Roscrea fell by 42, while both Cahir and Tipp Town both saw reductions of 36 from February to March of this year.

While the trend has been downward in recent times the latest figures show the number of people signing on in Tipperary is more than double what it was in March of 2007 – ten years ago there were 5,297 on the Live Reg in the county.

Nationally the seasonally adjusted figures show 271,700 people signed on last month – a drop of almost 4000 compared to February.

The Live Register includes part-time workers, as well as seasonal and casual workers.