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Ireland's COVID-19 unemployment rate falls slightly in September

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s unemployment rate, including those receiving temporary COVID-19 jobless benefit, fell to 14.7% at the end of September from 15.3% a month earlier, data showed on Tuesday.

The jobless rate, which stood at 4.8% before the crisis, hit a record 28.8% in early May after 600,000 people claimed the special payment.

Excluding the COVID-19 payments, which are due to expire next April, the unemployment rate rose to 5.4% in September from 5.2% in August, Central Statistics Office data showed.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Conor Humphries

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