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Republic of Ireland unemployment lowest since 2010

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Image caption Those claiming jobless benefits fell by 3,700 to 409,900 in October

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the Republic of Ireland has fallen to its lowest level for three and a half years.

It was 13.2% in October. Although it is a small drop from 13.3% in September, it is the lowest rate since March 2010.

That was before Ireland sought an EU/IMF bailout that brought in more austerity and which is due to be completed in December.

Those claiming jobless benefits fell by 3,700 to 409,900 in October.

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