Ireland's unemployment rate falls to 11 percent, a 5 1/2-year low, reflecting bailout rebound

Economic Indicators Associated Press

Government statisticians say Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to a 5 ½-year low of 11 percent, reflecting the country's steady rebound from a debt crisis and international bailout.

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Growth figures, credit ratings, property sales and job opportunities all have gained this year following Ireland's December 2013 exit from a three-year loan rescue by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Wednesday's report from the Central Statistics Office found that unemployment last month fell a further tenth of a percentage point to 11.0 percent, the 28th straight monthly fall from a 2012 peak of 15.1 percent. Unemployment in the 18-nation eurozone stands at 11.5 percent.

Economists say Ireland's jobless figures have been eased by heavy emigration to Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States exceeding 60,000 people annually since 2009.