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Unemployment dropped by 1.5 percent last month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment is continuing to drop in parts of Galway.

Across the city and county, unemployment fell by 324 last month, compared to October, a decrease of 1 and a half percent.

There are now 20 thousand people out of work in Galway.

The biggest drop in people on social welfare was in the city where 338 people came off the Live Register.

There are now just over 9 thousand 9 hundred people out of work in the city.

In Loughrea there was also a decrease in unemployment in November with 52 less people signing on.

The unemployment figure for Loughrea is now just under 2 thousand 200.

Tuam was another area which saw a drop in its jobless figure last month, with 33 coming off the Live Register.

There are now just under three thousand people out of work in Tuam.

There was a slight drop of 14 in unemployment in Gort last month, leaving the figure there at just under 14 hundred.

Not all areas experienced drops in unemployment in November however.

Clifden saw its jobless figure rise by more than a hundred.

There are now just over 11 hundred people out of work in Clifden.

In Ballinasloe, just one extra person joined the Live Register last month, bringing the figure there to just over 2 thousand 3 hundred people out of work.

While Galway saw a 1.5 percent decrease in unemployment last month, compared to October, overall the year on year difference is a drop of more than 5 percent.

There are 20 thousand people out of work in Galway now, compared to almost 22 thousand this time last year.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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