Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has said that a drop of 31.75 % in the Live Register in Clare since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012 is an indication of steady growth.
“The Government has hit the target of helping to create 100,000 jobs through the Action Plan for Jobs one year ahead of schedule. In Clare the number of people signing on the Live Register has reduced from 10508 in FEB 2012 to 717 2 in MAY 2015.
“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and his team have made great progress in creating jobs opportunities but there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the economy in Clare continues to grow.
Sustained growth at Shannon Airport has been a key contributory factor to the revival of the economy in this County. Today marked the commencement of a larger 767 Aircraft on the Aer Lingus Boston route providing an additional 6,000 extra passengers and carrying the Wild Atlantic Way message on its way to Boston Logan every day. The spin off from the transformation at the Airport, the destination of the Wild Atlantic Way and the abolition of the Air Travel Tax is driving tourism activity across the country which is creating much needed jobs in the Tourism Industry.
“These figures show that the economy is moving in the right direction, with the number of people unemployed continuing to fall. However I realise that there are still people out of work and people who want job opportunities closer to home.
“The Government has set the target of delivering sustainable full employment by 2018 but this will require a continued focus on behalf of Government, increased supports for small businesses and the self-employed as well as incentives for local investment.”