33% drop in unemployment in Mid-West Region – BREEN

August 27th, 2015 - Pat Breen

“The latest CSO Quarterly National Household Survey figures show that unemployment is falling in Clare as the number of people who are unemployed in Mid-West has dropped since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, while the number of people in employment has increased”, says Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“Nationally, the Action Plan for Jobs, launched by Minister Richard Bruton has added 125,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen from a high of 15.2% to 9.5%, which is below the EU average. In the Mid-West Region there has been a 33% decrease in the number of people who are unemployment.

“The creation of over 1,300 jobs nationally per week proves that the Government’s plan, and the move away from the Fianna Fáil high tax, high spend policy, is working.

“Today’s figures show that while there is still a lot more work to be done, all regions have experienced job increases and unemployment decreases in the past year, meaning that the recovery is spreading to all parts of the country.

“This progress has been achieved due to a detailed and specific plan put in place by this Government and led by Minister Bruton. Fine Gael in government is tackling the legacy of Fianna Fáil’s tax hikes by cutting the USC and reducing the income tax rate. Further reductions in the tax burden are expected in the upcoming Budget in October.

“The Government is on track to replace all the jobs lost in the crisis by 2018 and to bring about a situation where there will be more Irish people coming back home to take up jobs.

“The latest employment figures are extremely encouraging and are a great boost to Clare. However the recovery is still fragile and it is important that we continue to add more jobs and to make work pay by reducing the tax burden further. We cannot risk a move back to the ‘if we have it, we’ll spend it’, high tax, Fianna Fáil policies which we’re implemented in the past and are still being advocated by the party at present.”