According to figures from the CSO, the number of persons claiming Welfare Benefit in Co. Tipperary, have increased by 223 persons during the month of May 2016. Note these figures shown hereunder, are accessed using the search criteria; All Ages, Both Sexes, Social Welfare Office and Month.
Thurles was the only Social Welfare Office (S.W.O.) in Co.Tipperary last month, recording a reduction of some 29 claimants, with Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir recording the highest number of claimants of all eight S.W.O. centres.
Clonmel is now the only town in Tipperary which has increased its Social Welfare dependants over the past 5 months, (11 persons) with an increase of 99 persons during May and despite 200 extra jobs being promised, pre-election, for the area.
Some 1,432 jobs promised for Tipperary by Fine Gael /Labour, leading up to six months prior to the 26th February 2016 General Election, still remain elusive or non-existent.
Nationally 26,500 young people line up in Social Welfare queues every week; more than 16,000 of which remain in long term unemployment.