Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Employment now at highest level since the crash
Fine Gael Senator and Leader of Seanad Éireann, Jerry Buttimer said that Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs has surpassed its employment targets ensuring that employment is now at its highest level since the economic crash in 2008.
“Today we reached a millstone in job creation. Over 200,000 more people are at work since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012. In 2016, 70% of these new jobs created were outside Dublin.
“Our original goal in the Action Plan for Jobs was to add 100,000 jobs by the end of 2016 so we have more than surpassed that target.
“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.
“The Action Plan for Jobs has a targeted approach to increasing employment in all regions of the country and in all sectors of the economy. This targeted approach is working.
“It’s also good to see that the employment growth is broadly based. All 14 employment sectors measured by the CSO are showing increases.
“With employment growing in all regions, the impact on the lives of people is significant. Getting a job after a period of unemployment can boost a person’s confidence and self-belief.
“While this is good progress, we are determined to reach our goal of full-employment by 2020 so that more and more people and families can see the benefits of a growing economy.”