Number of people unemployed in Roscommon and Leitrim rises in November

The number of people unemployed in Roscommon and Leitrim rose slightly last month according to new figures published by the CSO.

However, in Longford, almost 50 fewer people were on the live register in November compared to October.

Leitrim’s unemployment rate now stands at 1,753 people, a rise of 13 on numbers claiming job seekers allowance or benefit in October. Compared to figures for November 2017, there are 250 additional people employed in the county now.


The Manorhamilton area saw a drop of ten in its unemployment figures while Carrick-on-Shannon recorded a rise of 23 people unemployed last month.

In Roscommon, an additional 20 people signed on last month at a social protection office compared to October – bringing the county’s unemployment total to 2,158, a drop of almost 350 on 2017 figures.

Boyle saw a rise of 18 people in its live register figures, while a rise of five in Castlerea was somewhat negated by a drop of three in Roscommon town itself.

In contrast to its neighbours, 46 fewer people were receiving jobs seekers benefit in November compared to October this year in Longford.

The county’s unemployment list is now at 2504, over 400 people fewer than the same time last year while Athlone saw reduction of 20 people on its unemployment list for November to bring its total to 1,871.