The numbers claiming either jobseeker's allowance or jobseeker's benefit has climbed by an incredible 55% in just 12 months, according to the Department of Social Welfare.
However, the number of non-Irish nationals claiming these benefits has tripled. In December 2007, there were 8,389 'non-Irish' on job-seeker's benefit – but by last month that had soared to 25,000.
The number in receipt of jobseeker's allowance amongst the immigrant community has also climbed – by 44% – from 13,190 a year ago to 19,000 at the end of 2008.
This rise was significantly higher than the 27% increase seen amongst welfare recipients born in Ireland.
Around one in six (17%) people now claiming the dole in Ireland is classified as non-Irish while the non-national population constitutes 13.5% of the total.