Tipperary dole queues have seen another drop for the third month in a row this year.
Dole lines in the county have continued to shorten seeing a drop in people receiving some form of unemployment benefit to 6,800 in the North and 8,400 in the South. Numbers have greatly reduced across Tipperary with areas like Cashel and Thurles seeing significant drops in dole queues in the North of the county. There was a significant drop in Thurles’ live register down by 48 along with Clonmel in the South of the county which saw the towns register drop by 53 people in the month of April. In Cashel dole queues saw 21 less people signing on and in Carrick an Suir numbers dropped by 13.
However while figures dropped in these areas other major towns in the county saw slight increases, areas such as Nenagh seeing an increase of 9 and Roscrea with a staggering 25 more signing on to the live register.
While Figures released by the Central Statistics Offices (CSO) appear good, although many people are sceptical about the true nature of the figures, believing that a number of programmes and government schemes are contributing to the figure.
Local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has rejected this claim, insisting that the government has created jobs and rejects assumptions that a number of pathways and schemes have been masking the real extent of unemployment.