CORK POLITICS: Government claims credit for reducing unemployment

14 March 2018
By Bryan Smyth

Live Register down in Cork by 17% in the last year

The number of people signing on the Live Register in Cork has dropped by 17% in the last year, Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has said. Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% (in 2012) to 6% in February 2018. Ireland is continuing to create a stable, competitive, and secure economy that is open for business.

Senator Lombard said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Cork has reduced so significantly this past year.

“Furthermore, since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Cork Live Register has decreased locally by a 53%. This is 23,111 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families, and the local communities.

“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is continuing to work. Recent jobs data indicates that there are 48,100 more people at work since this time last year, and our enterprise-based economy is now creating over 900 jobs a week.

“Fine Gael is committed to driving this further; Ireland is experiencing continued solid economic growth with 3.5% Real GDP growth forecast in 2018.

“We will continue this success into the future because we are investing in our talented people, in our drive for innovation and in the future of our infrastructure.

“Jobs are also growing in rural Ireland, with 9 out of every 10 jobs created in the past year outside of Dublin. And these are not just in the commuter belt, with 7 out of every 10 jobs created outside of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

“Ireland is moving towards full employment and Fine Gael will ensure that all parts of the country can share in this prosperity and economic growth.”

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