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Employment figures continue to improve

NEW figures from the CSO confirm the number of people in the Cork area signing on has fallen by 4,337 in the past year indicating that the recovery is slowly starting to be felt locally. The Central Statistics Office figures show that the unemployment rate fell once again in January to 10.5%. This is down almost two thirds since the crisis peak of 15.1% three years ago. There are now

Local live register shows further fall in unemployment

CSO figures just released show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by over 11%. According to local TD Michael McCarthy this shows the job-led economic recovery is starting to be felt locally.   “Nationally the figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were 352,647 people on the Live Register in November, a reduction of 38,860 or 10% on the same month in 2013. Unemployment

Latest Live Register figures reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork

THE latest Live Register figures from the CSO reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork with unemployment contining to fall nationally with the rate dropping to 11.1% in September, down from 12.6% in the same month last year. Across Cork, there were 39,512 on the Live Register in September 2013 and 34,973 people on the Live Register in September of this year, a drop of 11.49%.Local Labour

11.5% drop in West Cork live register figures

FIGURES released by the CSO show that there was a further fall in Live Register figures in July compared with figures for July 2013.   The Live Register has fallen by 11.51% in the county overall, with decreases of 11.39% in Bandon, 10.52% in Bantry, 10.50% in Skibbereen and a drop of 7.73% recorded in Kinsale.

Latest figures show further drop in West Cork unemployment

THE latest Live Register figures which show a 7% national fall in the number of people unemployed since the same point last year have shown further reductions is West Cork representing the lowest unemployment rate since May 2009.   The figures show there was a fall of more than 29,000 in the Live Register from April 2013 to the present with 37,283 people in Cork on the Live Register in

New figures show tourism has a spring in its step

LATEST figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have shown an increase 11.3% in visitor numbers to Ireland in the three-month period between December 2013 and February 2014.   Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “It is very important that we build on the legacy of The Gathering. The new Wild Atlantic Way initiative, which stretches all the way from the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in West

Fresh tourism figures show strong finish for 2013

NEW CSO figures show that overseas visitor numbers to Ireland increased by almost 10% in October to December 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. West Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “The CSO figures released today are clear evidence that 2013 was a year of solid achievement for the tourism industry. Ireland did a hard-sell on tourism last year, with a concerted effort to promote the country at

Drop in live register figures for West Cork

THE latest drop in local Live Register figures for Cork South West is an encouraging sign that more people are returning to work, according to Labour TD, Michael McCarthy   Figures produced by the CSO on Thursday show that 38,449 people in Cork were on the Live Register in October. This compares to 42,263 for October 2012, a reduction of 3,814.  

Live Register below 400,000 for first time since May 2009

LIVE register figures published by the CSO show that the number of people claiming unemployment payments has fallen below 400,000 for the first time since 2009.   The numbers of people signing on has now fallen for the 16th month in a row. The Live Register figures are now almost 9% below the high of 449,400 seen in August 2011. The number of people signing on the Live Register fell

Bumper tourism figures show the Gathering has been a huge success

WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington has said that the latest tourism figures recorded by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which show an increase in visitor numbers of 6.4% are proof that the Gathering has been a huge success. Deputy Harrington also commended all of those involved locally, in organising Gathering events in West Cork since the beginning of the year.   “The latest tourism figures are hugely encouraging,

Rise in tourism figures welcome

NEW figures published by the Central Statistics Office show that the number of trips to Ireland from foreign tourists has increased by 5.4%. In total 3.145 million trips were made to Ireland in the first half of 2013, a marked increase of 162,000 from last year’s figure.   The figures show a 15% increase in visits by American residents coupled with an increased of 7.9% in the number of trips

Burglaries down almost 20% figures reveal

FIGURES released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that burglary rates and related offences across the Southern Garda Region which includes West cork have fallen by 19.8% during the last 12 months. The figures are contained in the CSO’s latest crime statistics, which show that burglary rates are down more than 9% on average across the country.

Increase in visitor numbers “fantastic news”

THE first annual increase in visitor numbers to Ireland has been hailed as “fantastic news” for the tourism sector. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that visitors to Ireland have increased by 7.8 per cent in 2011, in comparison to the 2010 figures. “With some 6.5 million overseas visitors coming here last year alone, this marks a great vote of confidence in Ireland, and will no doubt

West Cork tourist industry will fight to retain visitors

TOURSIM businesses in West Cork will fight even harder to attract visitors this year in the wake of a shock decline in overseas visitor numbers at the end of 2011. That was the message from Clonakilty Mayor Cllr John Loughnan who said that he was surprised by CSO figures that showed a drop in visitor numbers for the months of September to November. The figures show that 4.1 per cent

Big rise in farm incomes

FARMERS in West Cork and across the country saw their incomes rise by 27 per cent in 2011 according to figures released by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). The average farm income was €21,500 compared to the national average wage of €32,000 though the IFA figures also include part-time farmers who often have other forms of income. More than 70 per cent of farmer’s incomes came from direct payments with