- Latest CSO employment figures indicate that growth in the economy is spreading to the regions
- More people are now in full-time employment.
Since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs by Minister Richard Bruton in 2012, 80,000 more people are at work and in the last year alone, 27,700 entered the jobs market, with 94% of those securing full-time employment. It is extremely positive to see that people are not only getting work, but also that this work is full-time.
The economy is growing and more people are starting to feel its benefit as today’s figures confirm that employment increased in seven out of eight regions over the past three months.
The unemployment rate has fallen to 10.9%. It is still too high but things are moving steadily in the right direction. This Government is working to build a sustainable economy and the fact that job increases are particularly strong in the domestic economy in areas such as construction and retail means we are driving a home-grown recovery.
Today’s figures confirm again that the plan this Government has adopted is working, but there is more to do. We want to do more to make work pay and reduce the income tax burden. The tax cuts announced in the last budget are part of a three year tax reform plan.