250,000 people remain unemployed in Ireland

6 October 2017
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

The number of people signing on the Live Register in Cork has dropped by 16% in the last year.

This good news for Cork comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 250,000 nationally for the first time in nine years (September 2008). This figure represents a year on year decrease of 14.6%.

Senator Jerry Buttimer said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Cork has reduced by 16% in the last year.

“Furthermore, since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Cork Live Register has decreased locally by 50%. This is 21,918 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.

“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is working. Since 2012 the number of jobs in the economy has risen by over 230,000 with over two million people now at work in Ireland.

“What’s also very promising is the improvement in the long-term unemployment figure, which at the end of September 2017 stood at 105,339 people nationally.  That is a significant drop of 19.3% year on year compared to September 2016 and a decrease of 32.8% compared to September two years ago.

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