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Minister Nash welcomes continuing falls in the number of people on the Live Register

The Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, has welcomed the continuing decreases in the number of people signing on the live register.

Standardised unemployment rate remains steady at 10%

The Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, has welcomed the continuing decreases in the number of people signing on the live register.

More than 5,100 people left the live register between March and April of this year. This represents a month on month decrease of 1.5%.

The overall standardised unemployment rate stands at 10%, down from a high of 15.1% in 2012.

Minister Nash said, “Today’s figures published by the CSO show the continuing steady falls in the numbers of people who are signing on the live register. We still have much work to do in order to ensure that every person who wants to work can work, but our goal of returning the country to full employment by 2018 is firmly within our sights.”

“Today Bausch and Lomb in Waterford has announced the creation of 125 new jobs with the support of my Department through the IDA and similarly last week I was in Limerick to announce 100 new highly skilled jobs at Dell. These type of announcements are indicative that the jobs recovery is now happening in a more regionally balanced way.”

“The long-term unemployment rate still remains too high, but through initiatives in Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs, we are seeing those figures steadily falling – in fact the number of long term unemployed is down more than 11% on this time last year.”

The figures from the CSO also show that more than 9,900 people left the Live Register to take up work in March, demonstrating that there are strong financial incentives for people to work.

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For further information contact Press Office, D/Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation ph 6312200 or press.office@djei.ie

Deirdre Grant Special Adviser to Minister for Business & Employment m: 0860484279/o:6312227

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