Number of people on the Live Register in Longford down 14.5% in the last year

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Number of people on the Live Register in Longford down 14.5% in the last year

Number of people on the Live Register in Longford down 14.5% in the last year

The number of people signing on the Live Register in Longford has dropped by 14.5% in the last year, a Fine Gael Councillor Micheal Carrigy has said.

Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 5.3% in December 2018. Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure economy that is open for business.

Cllr Micheal Carrigy said: “It is great to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Longford has declined by 14.5% in 2018.

“Since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, Longford Live Register has decreased locally by 51.5% This is 2664 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.

“This good news for Longford comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 200,000 nationally, the lowest since 2008. This figure represents a year on year decrease of 15.5%.

“Locally we’ve seen declines in the live register right across the county.

“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 over 3 out of every 5 jobs created outside Dublin, since the Government was formed in 2016. And these are not just in the commuter belt, with over 5 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 here in Longford.”

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