Unemployment remains at 5.3% as Brexit cloud looms

The Republic’s jobless rate remained steady at 5.3 per cent for the second consecutive month in January.

While there have been several upward revisions to the State’s jobless rate, the overall trend has been downward in keeping with the growth in employment.

The rate for January was the lowest recorded since February 2008 and is almost three points below the euro zone average.

The latest official numbers from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed fell by 600 between December 2018 and January 2019 to 127,300, and was down 13,400 year on year.


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