Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar pictured outside the Greville Arms Hotel, Granard in Eamon Creamer's restored 100-year-old Model T car, once driven by Kitty Kiernan and Michael Collins. Photo by: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
The latest CSO figures indicate that unemployment has fallen by 35% in Longford since 2011.
In February 2011, there were 5,312 on the Live Register in Longford, and that figure has dropped by 1,869 (or 35%) to 3,443 in February of this year. In February 2016, there were 3,954 on the Live Register in county Longford.
The unemployment rate nationally now stands at 6.6%, down from 8.4% in February of last year.
Neighbouring counties of Leitrim, Cavan, Westmeath and Roscommon have also witnessed a significant drop in the number of people signing on.
Leitrim has fallen by 36% (3,640 in Feb 2011 to 2,335 in Feb 2017); Cavan by 39% (7,475 in Feb 2011 to 4,533 in Feb 2017); Westmeath by 29% (10,392 in Feb 2011 to 7,370 in Feb 2017) and Roscommon by 32% (4,133 in Feb 2011 to 2,824 in Feb 2017).
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said the latest CSO live register figures indicate that unemployment is falling in all counties and is a clear sign that economic recovery is extending across the country.
Map shows Live Register change per county (%) from February 2011 to 2017
Minister Varadkar added, “The regional breakdown for the latest live register shows a clear reduction in the live register in all counties of at least 10%. While the economic recovery and job creation initially took hold in the cities, people are now coming off the live register in significant numbers in regional and rural areas as well."
The CSO figures show that the Live Register for February 2017 is 275,093, representing a drop of 44,356 on February 2016. Compared with February 2015, this is a drop of over 79,000.
Minister Varadkar pointed out, “The data for individual counties shows that jobs are being offered – and taken - in many more parts of Ireland. But it also indicates that people are getting job ready and acquiring the skills needed to find work. The live register is still falling more quickly in some parts of Ireland than others.
"Many areas are still blighted by the economic crash, and the Government must remain focused on job creation. Ireland still faces significant risks such as Brexit and the rise of anti-globalisation politics around the world. But the overall trend is very positive in both urban and rural areas, which is very encouraging.”
The number of long-term unemployed is also continuing to fall. At the end of February, 117,048 people on the Live Register had been unemployed for 12 months or more. That is over 40% fewer than what it had been at the peak of the recession in August 2012 when it stood at over 201,500. Compared with February 2015, it represents a drop of 162,700.