Record jump in number on Live Register as deficit soars

Exchequer reports a deficit of €2.5bn at the end of March compared with €966m a year ago

2nd April, 2020
Record jump in number on Live Register as deficit soars
A near-deserted street by the St Stephen’s Green centre in Dublin. The number receiving unemployment or coronvirus-related payments is likely to climb higher this month, reflecting the further restriction on non-essential work imposed in late March. Picture:

There was a record jump in the number of people claiming unemployment benefit last month as a result of the expanding Covid-19 shutdown, sending the public finances into a €2.5 billion deficit.

The number of people on the Live Register at the end of March stood at 205,209, figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show. This was up 24,400 or 12 per cent month-on-month and 2,802 or 6.6 per cent year-on-year.

An additional 283,037 people were receiving the...

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