Jobless now lowest since Celtic Tiger

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THE Live Register in Wexford has declined by 15% on an annual basis and 55% since Fine Gael entered government in 2011, according to the latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

  • Enniscorthy Live Register figures declined by 15% annually and by 53% since 2011.
  • Gorey Live Register figures declined by 18% annually and by 56% since 2011.
  • New Ross Live Register figures declined by 13% annually and by 56% since 2011.
  • Wexford Town Live Register figures declined by 14% annually and by 56% since 2011.

Commenting on the figures Minister Michael D’Arcy said:: “This is excellent news for our local economy and for the people of Wexford.  Nationally, the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,500 in May 2019, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 190,900.”

He said the number of people on the Live Register in May 2019 was the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since February 2008.

“Earlier this week, the monthly unemployment rate for May 2019 fell to 4.4%, the lowest rate since 2005. This is down from 4.6% in April 2019 and down from 5.9% in May 2018.

exceeded our target of 200,000 new jobs by 2020

“The number of people unemployed was 108,200 in May 2019, down from 111,300 when compared to the April 2019 figure and a decrease of 33,200 when compared to May 2018.” the Fine Gael Minister said.

“This is further positive news following on from the publication of the Labour Force Survey, Ireland’s key source of employment data, last month which indicated that more than 2.3m people were employed in Ireland in the first quarter of 2019, a 3.6% increase on the same quarter of 2018.”

Minister D’Arcy said some 221,100 new jobs had been created since the start of
2016.

“We have well exceeded our target of 200,000 new jobs by 2020, More than 1,500 new jobs were created every week in the last 12 months.” he said.

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