The number of people signing on the live register in Clare has jumped dramatically, with an increase of just under 200 people last month.
Figures obtained from the Central Statistic Office (CSO) show that all parts of Clare recorded marked increases in December, with North Clare and Ennis the worst hit.
The Ennistymon Area Office saw the greatest increases last month, with the number of people signing on increasing from 894 to 975.
This represents an increase of 81 people over the month, or more than nine per cent.
There was similar news in West Clare, with the Kilrush Area Office recording a monthly increase of almost five per cent.
The number of people signing on in Kilrush grew from 816 in November to 853 last month, an increase of 37 people.
Ennis was also badly hit, with the number of people on the live register now standing at 2,522, up from 2,473 in November.
This represents a monthly increase of 49 people, or almost two per cent.
The number of people signing on in East Clare also jumped last month, increasing to 660 from 631 in November.
This represents a monthly increase of 29 people or 4.6 per cent.
The live register traditionally grows in December, with the loss of the last of the seasonally-related jobs, especially in tourist areas.
There are now 5,009 people on the live register in Clare, up from 4,814 in November.
This December jump is actually lower than in December of 2017, when the number of people signing on increased by more than 250.
Despite this jump, there are now more than 900 fewer people signing on than in December of 2017 and more than 5,500 fewer than the worst December on record, December 2010.