7 September 2017
By Elaine Murphy
There are 4,782 fewer people on the Live Register in Cork compared to this time last year, Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer has said.
This comes as the number of people signing on the Live Register last month fell to the lowest level since September 2008.
Senator Buttimer said: “The number of people on the Live Register has fallen by 4,782 or 17% since this time last year.
“Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the number signing on has decreased locally by 45% or 19,725 people.
“Statistics can seem meaningless but this has a real impact on communities all around the country. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can provide the services needed to improve people’s lives.
“This is also great news for communities across the county, as every job created has a positive knock on effect for local businesses and services.
“We in Fine Gael will aim for full employment; that is a job for everyone who wants one.
“Fine Gael is committed to creating a Republic of Opportunity, helping everyone to reach their full potential, by ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance.
“We are committed to rewarding work and encouraging enterprise and ensuring that all parts of Ireland share prosperity and economic growth.”
In addition, the CSO said the number of persons signing on the Live Register in August is down 51,762 or 16.4% on the same time last year.
In August the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%. Employment has grown strongly since the jobless rate peaked at 15.2% in 2012.
The Live Register includes part-time workers, as well as seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance.