The number of people signing on the Live Register in Longford has dropped by 14% in the last year, TD Peter Burke has said.
Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 6% in February 2018. Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure economy that is open for business. In February 2018, there are 472 people in Longford who are working who were not last year, that is countless families who now have an income, or an extra income where before they had not.
Deputy Burke said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Longford has reduced by 14% in the last year.
“Furthermore, since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Longford Live Register has decreased locally by 43%. This is 2250 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.
“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is continuing to work. Recent jobs data indicates that there are 48,100 more people at work since this time last year. Our enterprise-based economy is now creating over 900 jobs a week.
“Fine Gael is committed to driving this down further. Ireland is experiencing continued solid economic growth with 3.5% Real GDP growth forecast in 2018.
“This good news for Longford comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 234,000 nationally, the lowest since 2008. This figure represents a year on year decrease of 14%.
“We will continue this success into the future because we are investing in our talented people, in our drive for innovation and in the future of our infrastructure.
“Jobs are also growing in rural Ireland, with 9 out of every 10 jobs created in the past year outside of Dublin. And these are not just in the commuter belt, with 7 out of every 10 jobs created outside of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.
“We are also investing in our future as a society, organised and resourced for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Project Ireland 2040 aims to ensure that Ireland is ready for the future with a society that has sustainable and balanced growth, nurtures talent, serves the welfare of our people, and offers opportunity for all.
“We are moving towards full employment and we will ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth, including in Longford”.