5 September 2018
By Bryan Smyth
Unemployment continues to decrease in every region
Fine Gael Senator for Cork South West, Tim Lombard, has said the number of people at work in the State is now over 25,000 higher than it was before the crash.
Senator Lombard said: “Cork is benefitting as unemployment has decreased in every single region of the country. 2.2 million people are now at work in the country according to the latest CSO figures. This surpasses the previous employment peak in 2007 by over 25,000, meaning that all of the jobs lost in the economic catastrophe suffered by this country have now been restored.
“Over 129,000 jobs have been created in every part of the country since this Government was formed in 2016, 58% of these new jobs have been created outside of Dublin. Restoration of jobs lost in the crash was Fine Gael’s principle aim when we took office at the peak of the employment crisis.
“There are over 74,000 more people at work since this time last year. Our enterprise-based economy is now creating over 1,000 jobs a week.
“Only a strong economy supporting people at work can provide the public services needed to deliver the kind of society we all want to live in.
“The buoyant jobs markets means that 30,000 people in part time jobs have moved into full time jobs. For the individual themselves, returning to work after a period of unemployment can boost a person’s confidence and self-belief.
“It is also great news for communities across Cork, as every job created has a positive knock on effect for local businesses and services.