Irish unemployment rises a touch to 14.2 pct

DUBLIN, Sept 15 Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:21am EDT

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DUBLIN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Ireland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 14.2 percent in the second quarter from a slightly revised downward figure of 13.9 percent for January-March, data showed on Thursday.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said the long-term unemployment rate had increased to 7.7 percent from 5.9 percent year-on-year, meaning that long-term unemployment accounted for over half of those without jobs at the end of June.

Economists polled by Reuters forecast that the unemployment rate will stand at 14.2 percent at the end of 2011 and predict it will fall to 13.2 percent by the end of 2012. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin)

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