Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has said that new CSO figures shown a 14 per cent drop in the Live Register in Clare in the last year.
“Today my colleagues Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the fact that the Live Register nationally has fallen below 300,000 for the first time since 2008.
“There’s also good news here in Clare with the Live Register having fallen by 1,026 to 6,283 in the last year, and by as much as 4,225 or 40.2 per cent in the last four and a half years,” said Minister Breen.
“Three major milestones have now been passed, with the Live Register falling below 300,000, unemployment falling from its peak of 15% to below 8%, and the number of people employed exceeding two million, all for the first time in eight years,” added the Fine Gael Minister of State.
“Since coming to Government Fine Gael has made significant progress on reducing unemployment. Now we must do more and we will do this through activation measures like:
one-to-one engagements with jobseekers
making work pay through sustainable wage increases, effective tax reductions and new social insurance measures like paternity benefit
promoting financial supports like JobsPlus and the Wage Subsidy Scheme
developing an Action Plan for Jobless Households
reforming existing work schemes like Community Enterprise and Tus
using incentives like JobsWeek to match jobseekers with employers
developing initiatives across the whole of Government in education, training, housing and childcare
“Each new job created in Clare is another family looking forward to a brighter future. We must continue to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Clare and around the country,” concluded Minister Breen.
For further information please contact Minister Pat Breen on 087 2422136.