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Irish unemployment rate inches back up to 4.3% in August

People walk near a demolition site in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's unemployment rate rose slightly in August, to 4.3% from the 21-year low of 4.2% a month earlier, Central Statistics Office (CSO) data showed on Wednesday.

The jobless rate has bounced up and down on a monthly basis this year but the falls have been greater in a tightening labour market and reduced the rate from 5.5% a year ago towards the record low of 3.9% reached in October 2000.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin)